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noun, plural ap路a路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路a路thei路a, ap路a路thi路a [ap-uh-thee-uh]. /藢忙p 蓹藞胃i 蓹/. Stoicism. freedom from emotion of any kind.
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Origin of apathy

First recorded in 1595鈥1605; from French or directly from Latin apath墨a, from Greek ap谩theia 鈥渋nsensibility to suffering,鈥 equivalent to apathe- (stem of apath岣梥 ) 鈥渦nfeeling鈥 (a- a-6 + pathe-, variant stem of p谩thos pathos) + -ia -ia

synonym study for apathy

2. See indifference.
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What does聽apathy mean?

Apathy is the state of not caring.

The word is especially used to refer to a lack of interest or concern about things, especially those that others find important or exciting.

It can also mean the absence or suppression of emotion or passion.

Apathy often means about the same thing as indifference, but it鈥檚 more often used in the context of someone鈥檚 lack of action when action is needed.

The adjective apathetic is used to describe someone in such a state.

The word apathy is typically used in a negative way to criticize such a state or attitude as being irresponsible or insensitive. When someone is accused of apathy, it usually means the person making the accusation thinks the apathetic person should care more鈥攐r at all.

Example: The apathy of your generation is astounding鈥攊t鈥檚 like none of you care about any of the big problems in the world!

Where does聽apathy come from?

The first records of the word apathy come from around 1600. It comes from the Greek apath岣梥, meaning 鈥渦nfeeling,鈥 from a-, 鈥渁 lack of,鈥 and pathos, 鈥渇eeling.鈥 The same root forms the basis of words such as empathy and sympathy.

Apathy doesn鈥檛 necessarily mean feeling nothing. But it鈥檚 most commonly used to refer to the state of not caring enough to do something, especially in a situation that calls for action. In this way, apathy is often thought of as an intentionally indifferent attitude that people adopt in order to avoid dealing with problems, taking on challenges, or getting involved with difficult situations.

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How is聽apathy used in real life?

The word apathy is usually used in a way that鈥檚 critical of those said to be engaging in it.



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Which of the following words is NOT a synonym of apathy?

A. indifference
B. involvement
C. unconcern
D. detachment

How to use apathy in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for apathy

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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 apath膿s without feeling, from a- 1 + pathos feeling
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