apathy

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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).

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apathy (usually uncountable, plural apathies)

  1. 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[1]:
      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.

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