Valdemar's worst faults were a certain aloofness and taciturnity.
Besides a feeling of aloofness from everybody Natasha was feeling a special estrangement from the members of her own family.
The aloofness and sulkiness of the aristocrats and landed proprietors he deeply deplored.
Rottweilers are a popular breed thanks to their combination of noble aloofness, intelligence and irresistible clownish behavior.
Look for dilated pupils, slurred speech, red eyes, and a general sense of aloofness.
In property succession there is a feeling of tribal aloofness which would not be favourable to a central authority; and in fact the legal machinery is rude, and the carrying out of the law depends not so much upon courts and officials as upon religious considerations.
At the age of seven Newman was sent to a private school conducted by Dr Nicholas at Ealing, where he was distinguished by diligence and good conduct, as also by a certain shyness and aloofness, taking no part in the school games.
The same ascetic effort to attain by aloofness from the body a pure receptivity for supernatural influences, is exhibited in Neo-Pythagoreanism.
Aloof is a word that is often used to describe Virgos in general, and the males of this sign can turn "aloofness" into an art form.
Dmitri Hvorostovsky's Onegin struck a fine balance between aloofness and dash, his singing full of his trademark phrasings, long-breathed and musical.
A man in intellect and courage, yet without conceit or bravado; a woman in sensibility and tenderness, yet without shrinking or weakness; a saint in purity of life and devotion of heart, yet without asceticism or religiosity; a knight-errant in hatred of wrong and contempt of baseness, yet without self-righteousness or cynicism; a prince in dignity and courtesy, yet without formality or condescension; a poet in thought and feeling, yet without jealousy or affectation; a scholar in tastes and habits, yet without aloofness or bookishness; a dutiful son, a loving husband, a judicious father, a trusty friend, a useful citizen and an enthusiastic patriot, - he united in his strong, transparent humanity almost every virtue under heaven.
Bruce, Chief End of Revelation (1881), The Miraculous Element in the Gospels (1886), Apologetics (1892), and other works; Bruce's posthumous article, " Jesus " in Encyc. Bib., was understood by some as exchanging Christian orthodoxy for bare theism, but probably its tone of aloofness is due to the attempt to keep well within the limits of what the author considered pure scientific history.
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