From French apathie, from Latin apathīa, from Ancient Greek ἀπάθεια (apatheia, “impassibility”, “insensibility”, “freedom from emotion”), from ἀπαθής (apathēs, “not suffering or having suffered”, “without experience of”), from ἀ- (a-, “not”) + πάθος (pathos, “anything that befalls one”, “incident”, “emotion”, “passion”).
apathy (usually uncountable; plural apathies)
- Complete lack of emotion or motivation about a person, activity, or object; depression; lack of interest or enthusiasm; disinterest.
- 1818, Mary Shelley, chapter 2, Frankenstein:
- I opened it with apathy; the theory which he attempts to demonstrate and the wonderful facts which he relates soon changed this feeling into enthusiasm.
lack of emotion or motivation