- She was listless, apathetic, calm with the calmness of a woman who knows she can suffer no further.
- —Frank Norris
Examples of apathetic in a Sentence
- But contrary to popular belief, not all jocks are as apathetic as they are athletic. One such progressive player is Toni Smith, a college basketball player who turned her back on Old Glory every time the national anthem was played before her games last season. In a written statement, she cited America's systemic inequalities as her reason for not saluting the flag. —Complex, June/July 2003
- The disorder is sometimes inherited via a defective gene from one parent, and patients are usually spared signs of the disorder until they reach their fifties. Because the brain-cell loss occurs in parts of the brain that help regulate social behavior, personality changes are the most common manifestations of the illness. Patients tend to become either uninhibited or apathetic. —Bruce L. Miller, Discover, January 1998
- But in cities such as Boston, Cincinnati, Oakland, San Francisco, and Seattle, reformers are trying to recharge an apathetic electorate by taking aim at the very process of voting itself. —Wilma Rule et al., Ms., September/October 1996
Young people are becoming increasingly apathetic.
the apathetic attitude of the public
Surprisingly, most Americans are apathetic toward this important issue.
Recent Examples of apathetic from the Web
There‘s this stereotype about apathetic high schoolers that kind of don’t care about anything.
Even though on-the-pitch matters have left Everton's supporter base feeling extremely apathetic about the direction of their club, there's no denying that the one area that the Blues routinely get right is down avenues like this one.
If anything, the refugees were both more apathetic and more rebellious when faced with simple assignments.
And the favorites in the conference, LeBron James’s Cavaliers, finished fourth, thanks mostly to an apathetic defense and an old roster that was overhauled halfway through the season.
Throughout his career, Jimmy Buffett has regularly (if, perhaps, begrudgingly) acknowledged that without his brief stint as an apathetic public relations major and Sigma Pi pledge at Auburn in 1965, there would be no career.
Kempowski patiently introduces us to a privileged, insulated, and politically apathetic world.
But young people have historically been apathetic about voting, especially in non-presidential midterm elections like this year.
But the overall climate, from the top down, is pretty lukewarm, if not apathetic.
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Discover If You're apathetic
Apathy, or lack of emotion, is central to Albert Camus's famous novel The Stranger, in which the main character's indifference toward almost everything, including his mother's death, results in his imprisonment. We feel little sympathy for him, and may even feel antipathy, or dislike. The American voter is often called apathetic; of all the industrial democracies, only in America does half the adult population fail to vote in major elections. As you can see, apathetic isn't the opposite of pathetic, even though the a- that it begins with means "not" or "without".
Synonym Discussion of apathetic
- met the news with an impassive look
- was resolutely stoic even in adversity
- a phlegmatic man unmoved by tears
- charitable appeals met an apathetic response
- stolid workers wedded to routine
APATHETIC Defined for English Language Learners
: not having or showing much emotion or interest
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