[ ap-uh-thee ]
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noun,plural ap·a·thies.
  1. absence or suppression of passion, emotion, or excitement.

  2. lack of interest in or concern for things that others find moving or exciting.

  1. 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

First recorded in 1595–1605; from French or directly from Latin apathīa, from Greek apátheia “insensibility to suffering,” equivalent to apathe- (stem of apathḗs ) “unfeeling” (a- a-6 + pathe-, variant stem of páthos pathos) + -ia -ia

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2. See indifference.

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British Dictionary definitions for apathy


/ (ˈæpəθɪ) /

  1. absence of interest in or enthusiasm for things generally considered interesting or moving

  2. absence of emotion

Origin of apathy

C17: from Latin, from Greek apatheia, from apathēs without feeling, from a- 1 + pathos feeling

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