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Word: aloof

Definition: apart; not open in one's relationship with other people; reserved; ADV.


Sentences Containing 'aloof'

"Melody Maker" referred to the album as "a series of aloof, pastel washes of sound, suspended guitars, words from the back of beyond tying in to a large, shifting whole" and "larger than the sum of its parts".
According to Kees Wisse, van Beinum "detested the Nazis and kept himself as aloof as he could."
According to Turkish dramaturge Kırlı, Hacivat emphasizes the upper body with his refined manners and aloof disposition, while Karagöz is more representational of “the lower body with eating, cursing, defecation and the phallus."
Boyet Pipino initially stood aloof from the task, saying that he was not a hacker and that it was against his principles to break into someone else's computer.
By a conscious effort of the mind we can stand aloof from actions and their consequences; and all things, good and bad, go by us like a torrent.
Come, let me see the list of pitiful fellows who have been kept aloof by Lydia's folly.''
Ghent remained aloof from the organized socialist movement for more than a decade, finally joining the Socialist Party of America (SPA) in 1904.
Hammond proved to be aloof and distant and at 43 was a generation older than the rest of his team, who held in him awe.
Hercules and Iolaus decide to escort the princess to the marriage, with Melissa confusing Iolaus for a manservant and referring to him as "Iolfus" and acting aloof to the situation.
His disposition -LRB- always inclined to exact concessions rather than to make them -RRB- kept him aloof from all friendships.
His gods are better than the Stoic gods, who sit aloof from all human things, untroubled and uncaring, but his personal hope is hardly stronger.
I observed, however, that one of them held somewhat aloof, and though he seemed desirous not to spoil the hilarity of his shipmates by his own sober face, yet upon the whole he refrained from making as much noise as the rest.
I please myself with imagining a State at last which can afford to be just to all men, and to treat the individual with respect as a neighbor; which even would not think it inconsistent with its own repose if a few were to live aloof from it, not meddling with it, nor embraced by it, who fulfilled all the duties of neighbors and fellow men.
I simply wish to refuse allegiance to the State, to withdraw and stand aloof from it effectually.
In the early years the eastern provinces of Prussia and Baden and Bavaria stood somewhat aloof from the movement.
Many of these blondes were of the Grace Kelly variety: perfect, aloof ice goddesses, who also have a hidden red-hot inner fire.
On Chujo, the aloof Chupchups suddenly seek contact with the humans and present records revealing that all these events are part of a genetically encoded cycle of evolution that knits together all three sapient races in the Murasaki system: the Chupchups bioengineer the Genjian ecology but every time they cause an environmental disaster which results in diebacks and in the breakdown of the Ihrdizu civilization; the carpet whales exile the Chupchups to Chujo so that they can improve their bioengineering, and call them back when the cycle can be started again.
Riot and corruption went in the train of the racing chariots; and from all these things Marcus held severely aloof.
She doesn't trust him, remaining aloof, and he sees MacGinnis is also back in the neighbourhood.
Such prime ministers exist in some governmental systems: The prime minister runs the government (operations-wise), while the president remains somewhat aloof from the political process, but personally handling policy matters.
The aloof Weiyun appears distant all the time.
The conflict between artistic expression and commercial opportunity parallels Paul's sudden estrangement from his wife Camille Javal (Brigitte Bardot), who becomes aloof with Paul after being left alone with Prokosch, a millionaire playboy.
The disconnect between his literary eloquence and reticence to speak in public caused many of those who came into casual contact with Ghent to think him aloof.
The State of Andhra was carved out of the Madras State in 1953, Rajaji remained aloof from the Andhra State and related issues.
They stood a little aloof while he was talking to their niece, who, astonished and confused, scarcely dared lift her eyes to his face, and knew not what answer she returned to his civil inquiries after her family.
We crossed the road, and were pressing on towards her, when it occurred to me that she might be more disposed to feel a woman's interest in the lost girl, if we spoke to her in a quieter place, aloof from the crowd, and where we should be less observed.
Zhen grew up to be a pretty and kind hearted lady who displayed an aloof attitude towards men.

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