Emotion Thesaurus Entry: Indifference

  • A half-hearted shrug
  • A limp lift of the hand, palm up in a So? gesture
  • Loss of eye contact
  • Shoving one's hands in one's pockets
  • Looking down or away
  • A blank expression
  • Changing the topic instead of answering
  • Making a lame excuse to leave
  • Using a monotone voice
  • Non-expressive body language (inanimate, loose, lacking energy)
  • Yawning
  • "Bored" actions (slumping in a seat during class, tapping a pencil against a desk, examining one's nails)
  • "Sleepy" eyes, half-lidded

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C.R. Evers said...

ohhh good one! I'll be using this one for sure!

You guys are the greatest!


PJ Hoover said...


Angela said...

This one was tough. If anyone can think of more, feel free to post them in the comments. :-)

Kelly said...

I think I'll have more ideas for you when my kids turn into teens
:0). Actually, I think I've seen some of this behavior already!
Great entry!

Marian said...

I'd post more ideas, but I feel sort of indifferent. :)

Seriously, though, another way I'd show I was indifferent to something would be to parrot back whatever the other person said, adding nothing of my own to the conversation.

"I was really upset when you didn't show up yesterday."
"So you were really upset?"
"Yes, because you said you'd meet me."
"Yes, I said I'd meet you."

Jaliya said...

Indifference = meticulous contempt.

Your site is a gem! Whee -- what fun for word nerds!

Thank you!



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