insouciance insouciance  /ɪn ˈsu si əns/

Definition(s):

  • (n) the cheerful feeling you have when nothing is troubling you

Usage(s):

  1. Whimsy and insouciance are at the heart of these illustrations.
  2. From the very beginning, there was an insouciance that promised anything was possible.
  3. In the end, that winkthat is, the Fox gestalt of insouciance, attitude, and even playfulnesshas had a bigger effect on the news media than any Bill O'Reilly rant.

News

  • Postwar Italy scene of family's murderous ruin

    "The Light in the Ruins," Chris Bohjalian's brilliantly crafted historical novel, begins "on the first Tuesday of June in 1955," in the voice of an anonymous killer who describes his lurid executions with a morbid insouciance: "Why did I slice open her nightgown? I didn't violate her. It was so I could cut out her heart.
    on August 4, 2013     Source: Fort Wayne Journal Gazette

Quotes

  1. "I had never met a girl like her -- ever," Doug Fieger told a news agency in a 1994 interview. "She induced madness. She was a very powerful presence. She had an insouciance that wouldn't quit. She was very self-assured. ...... She also had...
    on Feb 15, 2010 By: Doug Fieger Source: Khabrein.info

  2. "He had lived the delicate and luxurious life of a young man of birth and fortune, a life exquisite in its freedom from sordid care, its beautiful boyish insouciance," Wilde writes of Arthur, processing the news. "And now for the first time...
    on Apr 30, 2007 By: Oscar Wilde Source: New York Times

  3. "What Cheney is saying, primarily on foreign policy, defense and anti-terrorism, makes sense to more and more American citizens growing increasingly worried by the Obama Administration's insouciance when US national interests are threatened, both at...
    on Dec 21, 2009 By: John Bolton Source: CNN Political Ticker (blog)

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