Aloofness


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Aloofness

Bartleby
refuses to associate with others or even to mingle with other employees. [Am. Lit.: Melville Bartleby the Scrivener]
Chapin, Joseph
successful attorney blinded by his emotional coldness and his need for propriety and respectability. [Am. Lit.: John O’Hara Ten North Frederick in Benét, 732]
de Coverly, Major
so aloof that nobody dares to ask him his first name. [Am. Lit.: Catch-22]
Gatsby, Jay
enigmatic and aloof from intimacy; addressed others as “old sport.” [Am. Lit.: The Great Gatsby]
Hatteras, Captain
paranoid sea captain remains incognito for half a voyage. [Fr. Lit.: Captain Hatteras]
Havisham, Miss
eccentric lady who resents men; maintains a detached attitude toward Pip. [Br. Lit.: Great Expectations]
Miriam
mysteriously reluctant to reveal her past. [Am. Lit.: The Marble Faun]
Morgan, Captain
officious officer; will not talk with enlisted men. [Am. Lit.: Mister Roberts, Magill I, 605–607]
Trot, Dame
“not troubled with other folks’ strife.” [Nurs. Rhyme: Mother Goose, 13]
Winterbourne
distant from even his own feelings about Daisy. [Am. Lit.: Daisy Miller]
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Nick Forbes, however, has had nothing to do with our city's opposition to cuts and displays a staggering level of aloofness and ignorance in relation to local anticuts campaigning.
Michelle has just about had it with husband Steve's disinterest and general aloofness, unaware he's actually suffering from depression.
The West's shambling military pivot back into the Middle East can be cast in sharp relief against China's preferred tack of public aloofness, even as reports emerge of Uygher separatists found fighting in the ranks of ISIS; or, domestically, alongside the latter's outwardly restrained but stiffly tenacious response to Hong Kong's student-led "Umbrella Movement."
Former child star Fanning, who hails from deepest Georgia, should be congratulated on her accent but it's Sturridge - a picture of haughty aloofness - who lingers in the memory.
He slips into a coma and the finger of suspicion points to Nate when he reacts to his boyfriend's condition with aloofness.
'Aloofness shield' The shooter seems to have rediscovered his accuracy in the range at the recent Commonwealth Games in Glasgow where he won the gold before tweeting a picture of the medal, captioned: "Something for my nephew to play with." Many have found him aloof but Bindra, who has seen how fickle fans can be, could not care less.
While the Congress managers hope to push a chopped and chiseled unit to assume a greater political role, weak organisation and aloofness among the voters remain tough challenges to deal with.
The report mentioned that Pietersen's cricketing ability often led to the overlooking of his worst traits of selfishness, aloofness, arrogance, and rudeness, adding that his mistake and probably his greatest flaw was not to adapt and soften as his powers of greatness began to decrease.
And Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock appears warmer, despite his aloofness. He is seen more than once giving way to his rude indifferent look for teethy smiles (though most are sarcastic).
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Then again, the implausible middle-schoolboys' catabasis does not ring completely untrue because of the aloofness between them and the adults: "Being eleven years old makes us invisible," to quote once more the leader of the trio, Flight, while in the shadow their frustration exacerbates.
The causes are primarily the Ummah's aloofness from the true faith and tarnishing the religious principles and falsifying its objectives.