- 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
Synonyms for apathy
Antonyms for apathy
Related Words for apathieslethargy, indifference, insensitivity, passiveness, dullness, coolness, insensibility, stoicism, listlessness, dispassion, aloofness, detachment, coldness, unconcern, disinterest, disregard, unresponsiveness, lassitude, insouciance, passivity
Examples from the Web for apathies
Historical Examples of apathies
She learned more of Mrs. Grubb with every interview, and she knew that her enthusiasms were as discouraging as her apathies.Marm Lisa
Kate Douglas Wiggin
- absence of interest in or enthusiasm for things generally considered interesting or moving
- absence of emotion
Word Origin for apathy
Word Origin and History for apathies
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.