noun \ˈa-pə-thē\

: the feeling of not having much emotion or interest : an apathetic state

Full Definition of APATHY

:  lack of feeling or emotion :  impassiveness
:  lack of interest or concern :  indifference

Examples of APATHY

  1. People have shown surprising apathy toward these important social problems.
  2. People have shown a surprising apathy toward these problems.
  3. That's the danger of a teeming cast of … characters: they get jumbled in the viewer's mind, and … apathy ensues. Novels can afford a rich banquet of personalities; it's what readers sign up for. But ratiocination isn't welcome in modern movies, which prefer visceral impact over intellect. —Richard Corliss, Time, 20 Oct. 2008

Origin of APATHY

Greek apatheia, from apathēs without feeling, from a- + pathos emotion — more at pathos
First Known Use: 1594

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noun \ˈap-ə-thē\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural ap·a·thies

Medical Definition of APATHY

: lack of feeling or emotion


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