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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
1. Free of bias or self-interest; impartial.
2. Indifferent or not interested.
3. No longer interested.
From Latin dis- (apart, away) + interesse (to be in between), from inter- (between) + esse (to be). Earliest documented use: 1631.
Some people, defending the purity of language, would insist that:
Disinterested = impartialIf you come across someone using the word disinterested to mean not interested, don’t let it bother you too much. That’s what the word originally meant. And the word uninterested meant impartial. Over time the usage flipped, but the original meaning of the word disinterested is still not uncommon.
Uninterested = not interested
As long as the meaning is clear from the context, take a long deep breath. The English language is just fine, thank you, and doesn’t need its honor defended.
“The force which makes for war does not derive its strength from the interested motives of evil men; it derives its strength from the disinterested motives of good men.”
Norman Angell; Peace and the Public Mind (Nobel lecture); Jun 12, 1935.
See more usage examples of disinterested in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:Those who insist on the dignity of their office show they have not deserved it. -Baltasar Gracián, philosopher and writer (8 Jan 1601-1658)