Disinterested and Uninterested - Mixed messages and misused words from A to Z
Don’t look now, but these two words do not share the same meaning. In fact, one may raise our hackles much more than the other.
A person who is disinterested is merely neutral. He has no vested interest in a subject and may be regarded as wholly impartial. He may even be altogether ignorant of an issue. An uninterested person may be more apathetic, or even bored, perhaps deliberately tuning out a topic.
Uninterest is equivalent to indifference, while disinterest implies a more unintentional distance.
Consider the contrast in this example.
Karl assumed his pretty new classmate was uninterested in him, but she was merely disinterested. She simply hadn’t noticed him yet. What could he do to pique her interest?
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