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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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Qamar said how our other sports bodies can remain aloof in such circumstances.
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Aloof cultural critics could stand to take a look, too.
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There are two reasons for it, one is lip service or to emphasize his love to the Jews there," Israeli immigration activist Natan Aloof commented in response to King Al-Khalifa's invitation.
with the neutrality of an aloof museum guard and secret visionary of
The aloof antimonogamist and the complicated relationships of gay men seems awfully familiar (five seasons of Queer as Folk).
For example, Rosen casts Thomas Jefferson as John Marshall's aloof and abstracted executive-branch foil, arguing that Jefferson's overcommitment to states' rights led him to flail ineffectively at Marshall's federalizing jurisprudence.
The band is equal parts jazz smoke and easy-listening Americana, totally in tune with Mandell's uniquely sophisticated, aloof yet impassioned voice.
But in Frears' film the current occupant of Buckingham Palace lives in a decidedly post-Elizabethan era, and her subjects see the queen's ramrod spine and stoic manners as signs of cold and aloof indifference, not courage or conviction.