apathy

[ ap-uh-thee ]
/ ˈæp ə θi /

noun, plural ap·a·thies.

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.

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Origin of apathy

1595–1605; (< F) < Latin apathīa < 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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British Dictionary definitions for apathy

apathy
/ (ˈæpəθɪ) /

noun

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

Word Origin for apathy

C17: from Latin, from Greek apatheia, from apathēs without feeling, from a- 1 + pathos feeling
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Medical definitions for apathy

apathy
[ ăpə-thē ]

n.

Lack of interest, concern, or emotion; indifference.
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