Definition of impassive in English:

impassive

adjective

  • Not feeling or showing emotion:

    ‘his cold, impassive face’
    • ‘This obsession has made me so eccentric that I've become rather impassive towards what others are up to.’
    • ‘He was ashen-faced but impassive as the verdicts were brought in.’
    • ‘She turns round, puzzled but incurious at the noise, as impassive as livestock.’
    • ‘His expression was impassive and I tried not to wilt under the searching gaze of those deep brown eyes.’
    • ‘He had an impassive expression, as if he had been expecting this all along.’
    • ‘They sat, impassive, beside me while I watched the news from Russia.’
    • ‘He remains utterly impassive when an entire audience is booing him behind his back.’
    • ‘Tony went on to captain the school team, a sense of command obvious in the impassive determination of his set jaw and squared teenage shoulders.’
    • ‘The farmer, dressed in smart blazer and floral tie, remained impassive as the verdicts and sentences were read out.’
    • ‘Their faces are impassive; their beaks look ready to tear you to shreds.’
    • ‘Green looked impassive when the judge handed down his guilty verdict.’
    • ‘All I could do was sit back and watch as they made what sounded like haikus behind impassive masks and continually struck awkward poses.’
    • ‘Have you ever tried having a conversation with someone who remained completely impassive, cold, silent?’
    • ‘It is an impassive reversal of the expected hospital-drama roles to which the movie attaches no overt irony.’
    • ‘He was impassive throughout the victims' testimonies and the verdicts.’
    • ‘I was about as confused as him, but I didn't let it show, keeping an impassive expression plastered to my face.’
    • ‘The statements and inferences made were aggravated by a large photograph of an impassive young woman pointing a shotgun into the lens.’
    • ‘He was not the calm, impassive, almost marble-like man that he pretended to be.’
    • ‘While listening to the evidence, he often joined his hands together above his lap as though in prayer, but remained impassive.’
    • ‘The former underwear model said nothing and was impassive as she was hustled into a police vehicle with bars on the windows.’
    expressionless, unexpressive, inexpressive, inscrutable, blank, deadpan, poker-faced, straight-faced, dispassionate
    stony, wooden, unresponsive
    empty, vacant, glazed, fixed, lifeless
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Pronunciation:

impassive

/ɪmˈpasɪv/