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  • Noun




At first glance every action of young Hollywood stars is marked by a carefree attitude or insouciance. Glancing through the current tabloids, one might be overwhelmed by the beautiful, young, and wealthy people who remain insouciant or unconcerned about the cares of the population at large. Not all celebrities have such a cheerful carefree insouciance or lack of sensitivity, however, as some stars use their fame to do good in the world.

Quiz: What does it mean to be filled with insouciance?

  • To be full of snobbery and pride.
  • To show no concern or worry for just about anything.
  • To be focused only on your own needs.

Memory Hook

Foot in Sushi I can't believe that Vance showed no concern at all when he stuck his foot in the sushi on the sushi bar--what insouciance by Vance!


  • Europe’s new insouciance about human rights will worry many, especially those suffering atrocities in Zimbabwe and Darfur, while the inducements hardly look tempting. —The Economist
  • Having rolled the dice on what everyone understood to be an enormous gamble, Mr. Bush and his team followed up with breathtaking and infuriating arrogance, ignorance and insouciance. —The Washington Post
  • As the chances of an imminent fall in house prices have risen, there is increasing insouciance about the likely impact on the economy. —The Economist
  • Whatever insouciance Pavarotti may have shown behind the scenes, his stage performances dazzled opera fans from La Scala to Covent Garden to New York’s Metropolitan Opera, where in 1972 he received a whopping 17 curtain calls after one performance. —USA Today

Word Ingredients

in- not
souc troubled, worried, anxious
-ance state or condition

If one exhibits insouciance about a worrisome situation, one has the “state or condition of not being troubled, worried, or anxious” about it when one should be.

Word Theater

Bobby McFerrin Insouciance is a part of those people's lives who don't worry about anything at all!

Word Constellation


Word Variants

insouciant adj not concerned or caring