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From French apathie, from Latin apathīa, from Ancient Greek ἀπάθεια (apátheia, “impassibility”, “insensibility”, “freedom from emotion”), from ἀπαθής (apathḗs, “not suffering or having suffered”, “without experience of”), from ἀ- (a-, “not”) + πάθος (páthos, “anything that befalls one”, “incident”, “emotion”, “passion”). English a- + -pathy.
apathy (usually uncountable, plural apathies)
- Lack of emotion or motivation; lack of interest or enthusiasm towards something; disinterest (in something).
- 1818, Mary Shelley, chapter 2, in Frankenstein, archived from the original on 3 April 2012:
- 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.
- Synonyms: indifference, neutrality, unconcern
- Antonyms: concern, sympathy, interest, care
lack of emotion or motivation
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