- having or showing little or no emotion: apathetic behavior.
- not interested or concerned; indifferent or unresponsive: an apathetic audience.
Origin of apathetic
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1. unfeeling, impassive, cool. 2. uninterested, unconcerned.
1. emotional. 2. concerned.
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Examples from the Web for apathetic
“The song was awkward for Marxist critics because of its apathetic character,” the scholar Franz Mennemeier noted.Brecht's Mercenary Mother Courage Turns 75
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Pitre is right, combat is about screw-ups, bad officers, apathetic contractors, regret, unfairness, and impossible missions.'Fives and Twenty-Fives' Is Fiction Honed in a Combat Zone
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Not until a second officer was summoned was she dragged from the train as a crowd of apathetic spectators looked on.How a Racist Newspaper Defeated Lincoln in New York in the 1864 Election
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The day before he died, Ready harangued on Facebook against “traitors in office” and an “apathetic public.”Jason Todd Ready, an Arizona White Supremacist, Kills Four, Then Himself
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May 3, 2012
Revolution 2.0 narrates a fascinating but narrow slice of the process through which apathetic and passive people are politicized.'Revolution 2.0' and 'Liberation Square' Reviewed
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But he was, to some degree, apathetic from over-much misery.Within the Law
He, like his rag-weed, had settled down to an apathetic jog.Dust
Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
Walter shot a hard look at his apathetic sister, then turned to his father.Alice Adams
Louisa had listened to this discourse with apathetic patience.
As to the Rubber corner itself, the Stock Exchange as a whole was apathetic.
- having or showing little or no emotion; indifferent
C18: from apathy + pathetic
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Word Origin and History for apathetic
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Lacking interest or concern; indifferent.
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