Reference > Roget’s > International Thesaurus > 823. Insensibility.
Mawson, C.O.S., ed. (1870–1938). Roget’s International Thesaurus. 1922.
Class VI. Words Relating to the Sentient and Moral Powers
Section I. Affections in General
Section IV. Possessive Relations
823. Insensibility.
NOUN:INSENSIBILITY, insensibleness; want of sensibility [See Insensibility]; moral insensibility; inertness, inertia, vis inertiæ [L.]; impassibility, impassibleness; inappetency, apathy, phlegm, dullness, hebetude, supineness, insusceptibility, unimpressibility, luke-warmness.
  COLDNESS; cold -fit, - blood, - heart; coolness; frigidity, sang-froid [F.], stoicism, imperturbation (inexcitability) [See Inexcitability]; nonchalance, unconcern, dry eyes; insouciance (indifference) [See Indifference]; recklessness [See Rashness]; callousness, callosity, obtundity, brutification; heart of stone, blood and iron, stock and stone, marble, deadness.
  neutrality; quietism, vegetation.
  TORPOR, torpidity; obstupefaction [obs.], lethargy, coma, trance; sleep [See Inactivity]; inanimation [rare], suspended animation; stupor, stupefaction; paralysis, palsy; numbness &c. (physical insensibility) [See Physical Insensibility]; analgesia.
  stoic, Indian, man of iron, pococurante, pococurantist; the Fat Boy in Pickwick.
  TRIFLER, dabbler, dilettante, sciolist [See Ignoramus].
VERB:BE INSENSIBLE &c. adj.; have a rhinoceros hide; show insensibility &c. n.; not mind, not care, not be affected by; have no desire for [See Indifference]; have -, feel -, take- no interest in; nil admirari [L.]; not care a straw (unimportance) [See Unimportance] for; disregard (neglect) [See Neglect]; set at naught &c. (make light of) [See Underestimation]; turn a deaf ear to (inattention) [See Inattention]; vegetate.
  RENDER INSENSIBLE, render callous; blunt, obtund, numb, benumb, paralyze, chloroform, deaden, hebetate, stun, stupefy; brutify, brutalize.
  INURE; harden, harden the heart; steel, caseharden, sear.
ADJECTIVE:INSENSIBLE, unconscious; impassive, impassible; blind to, deaf to, dead to; obtundent, insusceptible or unsusceptible, unimpressionable, unimpressible; passionless, spiritless, heartless, soulless, unfeeling; unmoral.
  APATHETIC, unemotional, leucophlegmatic [obs.], phlegmatic; dull, frigid; cold cold-blooded, cold-hearted; cold as charity; flat, obtuse, inert, supine, sluggish, torpid, torpedinous [rare], torporific; sleepy (inactive) [See Inactivity]; languid, half-hearted, tame; numb, numbed; comatose; anæsthetic [See Physical Insensibility]; stupefied, chloroformed, palsy-stricken.
  INDIFFERENT, lukewarm, Laodicean, careless, mindless, regardless; inattentive [See Inattention]; neglectful [See Neglect]; disregarding.
  UNCONCERNED, nonchalant, pococurante, insouciant, sans souci [F.]; unambitious [See Indifference].
  UNAFFECTED, unruffled, unimpressed, uninspired, unexcited, unmoved, unstirred, untouched, unshocked, unstruck; unblushing (shameless) [See Insolence]; unanimated; vegetative.
  CALLOUS, thick-skinned, pachydermatous, impervious; hard, hardened; inured, casehardened; steeled -, proof- against; imperturbable (inexcitable) [See Inexcitability]; unfelt.
ADVERB:INSENSIBLY &c. adj.; æquo animo [L.], without being -moved, - touched, - impressed; in cold blood; with dry eyes, with withers unwrung.
INTERJECTION:never mind! it is of no consequence &c (unimportant) [See Importance]; it cannot be helped! it is all the same!
  1. But och! it hardens a’ within, And petrifies the feelin’.—Burns
  2. That repose Which stamps the caste of Vere de Vere.—Tennyson
  3. If he is content with a vegetable love.—Gilbert



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