Synonyms and Antonyms of apathy

  1. 1 a lack of emotion or emotional expressiveness the apathy of the people of that war-torn country comes from their having seen too many horrors Synonyms affectlessness, emotionlessness, impassiveness, impassivity, insensibility, numbness, phlegm Related Words bloodlessness, callosity, callousness, coldness, coolness, halfheartedness, hard-heartedness, hardness, heartlessness, imperturbability, insensitivity, obduracy; blankness, deadness, emptiness, vacancy; aloofness, detachment, indifference, unconcern; stiffness, woodenness Near Antonyms compassion, empathy, pity, sympathy; receptiveness, receptivity, responsiveness, sensitivity; solicitude, tenderness, understanding, warmth; hand-wringing, histrionics, hysteria, hysterics, melodrama; vehemence Antonyms emotion, feeling, sensibility

  2. 2 lack of interest or concern her poor grades are proof enough of her apathy concerning all matters academic Synonyms indifference, casualness, complacence, disinterestedness, disregard, incuriosity, incuriousness, insouciance, nonchalance, torpor, unconcernRelated Words halfheartedness, lukewarmness, tepidity, tepidness; carelessness, heedlessness, recklessness, unawareness; lethargy, listlessness; aloofness, coldness, cool, detachment, dispassion; callosity, callousness, hard-heartedness, hardness, insensitivity; bloodlessness, impassiveness, impassivity, phlegm, stoicism, stolidityNear Antonyms attention, attentiveness, awareness, conscientiousness, curiosity, heedfulness, keenness; sensitivity, warmheartedness; bias, partiality, prejudice; ardor, desire, fervency, passion, vehemence, warmth, zealAntonyms concern, interest, regard

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a rounded knoll or a ridge of ice

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