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SYNONYMS FOR apathetic
OTHER WORDS FROM apatheticap·a·thet·i·cal·ly, adverb
Words nearby apathetic
What does apathetic mean?
Apathetic means uncaring.
It’s an adjective form of apathy—the state of not caring. It can also mean the absence or suppression of emotion or passion.
Apathetic is especially used to describe people with a lack of interest or concern about things, especially those that others find important or exciting.
Apathetic often means about the same thing as indifferent, but it’s more often used in the context of someone’s lack of action when action is needed.
The word apathetic is typically used in a negative way to criticize someone as being irresponsible or insensitive. When someone is accused of being apathetic, it usually means the person making the accusation thinks the apathetic person should care more—or at all.
Example: Your generation is astoundingly apathetic—it’s like none of you care about any of the big problems in the world!
Where does apathetic come from?
The first records of the word apathetic come from around 1740. Its base word, apathy, comes from the Greek apathḗs, meaning “unfeeling,” from a-, “a lack of,” and pathos, “feeling.” The same root forms the basis of words such as empathy and sympathy, and apathetic is made into an adjective in the same way as empathetic, sympathetic, and pathetic.
Describing someone as apathetic doesn’t necessarily mean they feel nothing. But it’s most commonly used to describe someone who doesn’t care enough to do something, especially in a situation that calls for action. In this way, people considered apathetic are often to have an intentionally indifferent attitude that they’ve adopted in order to avoid dealing with problems, taking on challenges, or getting involved with difficult situations.
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What are some other forms related to apathetic?
- apathetically (adverb)
- apathy (noun)
What are some synonyms for apathetic?
What are some words that share a root or word element with apathetic?
What are some words that often get used in discussing apathetic?
How is apathetic used in real life?
The word apathetic is usually used in a way that’s critical of the people it’s used to describe—even when people apply it to themselves.
being too passionate, being entirely apathetic – I'm just praying for a balance, a happy median, a sweet spot
— Cyn (@cynthialovely) June 6, 2017
I suspect that's how it starts. Someone does wrong, feels bad about it, doesn't make changes to fix the situation, then grows tired of feeling bad. They become apathetic toward their own feelings of wrong. And one day, they just smother the spark and go "So what?"
— an arch on (@anarchonbury) September 3, 2020
#WritingCommunity, do y’all go thru periods where you’re just completely apathetic about writing? I haven’t been able to get anything significant done on either WIP in like 2 wks. All I feel like doing is reading scripts and watching shows, am I a lazy lump or is this normal?
— Taylor Coriell (@frecklysoprano1) August 31, 2020
Try using apathetic!
Which of the following words is NOT a synonym of apathetic?
Example sentences from the Web for apathetic
“The song was awkward for Marxist critics because of its apathetic character,” the scholar Franz Mennemeier noted.
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|Brian Castner|August 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Harold Holzer|May 2, 2013|DAILY BEAST
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|Terry Greene Sterling|May 3, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Revolution 2.0 narrates a fascinating but narrow slice of the process through which apathetic and passive people are politicized.
Ideas that come into the mind when we are in an apathetic state, make no permanent lodgment.In the School-Room|John S. Hart
Many have fancied and accused her of being cold and apathetic.The Life and Letters of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Volume II (of 2)|Florence A. Thomas Marshall
You are angry, Colonel Menendez, but I would rather see you angry than apathetic.Bat Wing|Sax Rohmer
His sensitive spirit was much grieved by its apathetic character.
Then the apathetic recoil which is apt to follow any keen emotion overtook him.Trent's Trust and Other Stories|Bret Harte