- absence or suppression of passion, emotion, or excitement.
- lack of interest in or concern for things that others find moving or exciting.
- Also ap·a·thei·a, ap·a·thi·a [ap-uh-thee-uh] /ˌæp əˈθi ə/. Stoicism. freedom from emotion of any kind.
Origin of apathy
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Examples from the Web for apathy
The result is safe seats that lead to apathy and voter impotence, leading logically to ever-declining voter turnout.Hate Hyper-Partisanship? Support Redistricting Reform Now
November 3, 2014
And one arena in which to stage that confrontation—with madness, apathy, family dysfunction, poverty, etc.—is the theater.Broadway Was Made for Tupac
Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Marcyliena Morgan
July 7, 2014
Two basic characteristics not related to memory are apathy and indifference or callousness.Does Donald Sterling Have Dementia? And Does That Make Him Any Less of a Racist?
May 23, 2014
Silence and apathy are key ingredients to a tasty helping of bigotry.
Again: silence, from apathy or futility, is a powerful ingredient in making bigotry continue.
Now, she was sunken in an apathy that saved her from the worst pangs of misery.Within the Law
She had drawn a shawl over her head and was sunk in the apathy of despair or drink.The Greater Inclination
I remember for the most part only a dull agony, interchanging with apathy.Wilfrid Cumbermede
My apathy was attacked with gradually increasing energy of praise.Modern Painters Volume I (of V)
She did not speak again, falling back into her former state of apathy.Doctor Pascal
- absence of interest in or enthusiasm for things generally considered interesting or moving
- absence of emotion
Word Origin and History for apathy
c.1600, "freedom from suffering," from French apathie (16c.), from Latin apathia, from Greek apatheia "freedom from suffering, impassability, want of sensation," from apathes "without feeling, without suffering or having suffered," from a- "without" (see a- (3)) + pathos "emotion, feeling, suffering" (see pathos). Originally a positive quality; sense of "indolence of mind, indifference to what should excite" is from c.1733.
- Lack of interest, concern, or emotion; indifference.