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Showing no emotions and unaffected by emotions - thesaurus

Synonyms

blank

adjective

showing no emotion or no sign of understanding something or recognizing someone

restrained

adjective

controlled and not emotional

impassive

adjective

not showing any emotion

unemotional

adjective

not showing any feelings

emotionless

adjective

showing no emotion

undemonstrative

adjective

tending not to express your feelings towards other people, for example by not kissing or touching them

passive

adjective

accepting what happens without trying to control or change events or to react to things

neutral

adjective

not showing strong feelings or opinions in the way that you speak or behave

unresponsive

adjective

not reacting in a suitable way to what people say or do

controlled

adjective

calm and showing no emotion even though you are angry or upset

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as hard as nails

tending not to feel sympathy or other positive emotions

blankly

adverb

without showing any emotion, reaction, or understanding

bloodless

adjective

lacking emotion, energy, or effectiveness

buttoned-up

adjective

Britishinformal unwilling to show or talk about feelings and emotions

callous

adjective

a callous person does not feel any emotion when they see other people in trouble or in pain

callous

adjective

used about people’s behaviour

cavalier

adjective

not caring about other people’s feelings or about the seriousness of a situation

clinical

adjective

not showing any excitement or emotion

close

adjective

not willing to share information about yourself or your emotions

deep down

if you know or feel something deep down, you do know or feel it, although you try to pretend that you do not

detached

adjective

not feeling involved with someone or something in a close or emotional way

dispassionate

adjective

formal able to make fair judgments or decisions that are not influenced by personal feelings

distant

adjective

someone who is distant seems unfriendly or does not show their feelings

distantly

adverb

without any real feeling, usually because you are thinking about something else

dry-eyed

adjective

not crying, although you are in a very sad situation

emptiness

noun

a feeling of having no emotion, interest, or purpose

empty

adjective

lacking emotion, interest, or purpose

evenly

adverb

speaking calmly and without emotion

flat

adjective

lacking emotion, interest, or excitement

flatly

adverb

without showing any emotion or interest

flinty

adjective

a flinty expression is unfriendly and without emotion

glassy

adjective

showing no interest or emotion, for example because of illness or drugs

glassy-eyed

adjective

showing no interest or emotion in your eyes, for example because of illness or drugs

hard-bitten

adjective

tending not to feel sympathy and other positive emotions because of having had a lot of difficult experiences

hardened

adjective

someone who is hardened has had a lot of difficult or unpleasant experiences and is no longer much affected by such things

hard-headed

adjective

able to make judgments and decisions in a practical way, without being influenced by emotions

hard-hearted

adjective

not able to feel sympathy or other positive emotions

hard-nosed

adjective

determined to succeed and not influenced by emotions

hard/tough as nails

not affected by emotions such as sadness or sympathy

impervious

adjective

not affected by something or not seeming to notice it

in cold blood

in a cruel calm way, without showing any emotion

inert

adjective

someone who is inert does nothing when they should be taking action

inured

adjective

formal so familiar with an unpleasant experience that you no longer become upset by it

matter-of-fact

adjective

showing no emotion when dealing with something upsetting, exciting etc

mildly

adverb

not showing any strong feelings

neutrally

adverb

in a way that does not show strong feelings or opinions

no-nonsense

adjective

doing things quickly and effectively without worrying too much about people’s feelings

not turn a hair

to not seem at all surprised or shocked

poker-faced

adjective

not showing any emotion in your face

repressed

adjective

someone who is repressed has strong feelings that they do not show or that they refuse to admit that they have

repression

noun

the behaviour of someone who refuses to show or admit strong feelings that they have

reserve

noun

the attitude or behaviour of someone who tends not to talk about or show their feelings

reserved

adjective

someone who is reserved tends not to talk about or show their feelings

restraint

noun

the limit or control of the expression of strong emotion or opinion

robotic

adjective

used about someone’s way of speaking or looking when it seems to show no human feeling

self-controlled

adjective

not showing any strong emotions such as anger or sadness

soulless

adjective

showing no emotions such as sympathy, happiness, or excitement

starchy

adjective

used for describing a person who is very formal and does not show much feeling

unfeeling

adjective

not sympathetic, or not expressing emotions when other people think you should

unforthcoming

adjective

not willing to talk or provide information

unmoved

adjective

formal not feeling any emotion, especially feeling no sympathy or sadness when other people would expect you to

water off a duck’s back

used for saying that things such as criticisms or insults do not affect someone because they have dealt with a lot of them before

without blinking an eye/eyelid/eyelash

not showing any reaction to something, especially to something strange or shocking

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