ambivalence ambivalence  /æm ˈbɪ və ləns/

Definition(s):

  • (n) mixed feelings or emotions

Usage(s):

  1. The scene neatly captured their own late-'60s ambivalence toward the ever more synthetic landscape of their times.
  2. But I do not share any of their ambivalence.
  3. Then Mitt Romney tanked in the Republican primaries, at least partly due to the ambivalence of Mormon-shy evangelical leaders.

News

  1. Israel Warily Watches as Protests Engulf Turkey

    As the budding protest movement in Turkey against Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan struggles to gain a foothold, Israel is watching the developments with some measure of ambivalence. Click here for the rest of the article...
    on June 18, 2013     Source: The Forward

  2. Guys, Who Isn't Excited For A Facebook RSS Reader?

    Be honest--you barely give a crap about Facebook anymore. But here's why you should shelve your usual ambivalence about Facebook product launches and hope for the best on June 20: RSS could be the killer app that makes Facebook a power tool. Facebook may be ramping up to release their RSS reader on June 20, according to rumors that RSS-related code snippets have begun popping up in the Graph API ...
    on June 17, 2013     Source: Fast Company Magazine

  3. Ozzimo sets sights on Cal Poly soccer

    Nipomo High School’s 2013 female athlete of the year previously expressed ambivalence about continuing her athletic career after high school. But Cristina Ozzimo is ambivalent no more. She will try to walk on to the Cal Poly women’s soccer team.
    on June 17, 2013     Source: The Adobe Press

Quotes

  1. In a joint statement, Stewart and Colbert said: "We would like to return to work with our writers. If we cannot, we would like to express our ambivalence, but without our writers we are unable to express something as nuanced as ambivalence."
    on Dec 20, 2007 By: Stephen Colbert Source: Forbes

  2. Of the collection's other new track, "New Future Weapon," Idol says, "I was reading about the new stealth fighter plane the Raptor, and I was struck by the ambivalence of the pilot talking about the enemy. Musically, it's got a bit of the...
    on May 1, 2008 By: Billy Idol Source: Earthtimes (press release)

  3. Last year "was characterized by the impotence of Western governments and the ambivalence or reluctance of emerging powers to tackle some of the world's worst human rights crises," Amnesty Secretary-General Irene Khan said in a statement...
    on May 28, 2008 By: Irene Khan Source: Bloomberg

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