Definition of apathy in English:

apathy

noun

mass noun
  • Lack of interest, enthusiasm, or concern.

    ‘widespread apathy among students’
    • ‘However, we must also look at how much apathy there is within our community towards local politicians.’
    • ‘He also signalled the need for politicians to combat public apathy by re-establishing trust.’
    • ‘So far, however, they have not been able to rouse their compatriots from their apathy.’
    • ‘The reason people stay at home is apathy, cultivated by a belief they won't be listened to by the powers that be.’
    • ‘Another reason for voter apathy is a lack of confidence in politicians.’
    • ‘She came to see me at a local clinic and I was very concerned about her, particularly her very marked apathy.’
    • ‘Despondency and political apathy are not characteristic of people in the grip of nationalist zeal.’
    • ‘Politicians blame the public for their apathy at election times but the public think it is the other way round.’
    • ‘This shows apathy on the part of the Government to the problems of the common man.’
    • ‘A project which aims to shape a rural community for future generations has met with apathy, says a group.’
    • ‘The issue of student apathy has been tossed around a lot this past couple weeks.’
    • ‘We may not be able to institute change, but apathy is the death of all dialogue and debate.’
    • ‘I find it very difficult not to sink into a state of apathy when watching that, because it's the same day after day.’
    • ‘I was reading about voter apathy, particularly amongst the young, the other day.’
    • ‘That chasm is reflected as well in the widespread apathy of the public toward the election.’
    • ‘In this day and age of political apathy, there's at least one group I respect.’
    • ‘The apathy and lack of compassion he describes, are also present in our own US health care system.’
    • ‘Indeed there does appear to be a great deal of apathy up until this weekend when a number of people attended a march in London.’
    • ‘There is a lot of apathy and some residents are only just beginning to realise how much it will affect them.’
    • ‘It was a dismal campaign characterised by public apathy and political evasiveness.’
    indifference, lack of interest, lack of enthusiasm, lack of concern, unconcern, uninterestedness, unresponsiveness, impassivity, passivity, passiveness, detachment, dispassion, dispassionateness, lack of involvement, phlegm, coolness
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Origin

Early 17th century: from French apathie, via Latin from Greek apatheia, from apathēs ‘without feeling’, from a- ‘without’ + pathos ‘suffering’.

Pronunciation

apathy

/ˈapəθi/