Definition of apathy in English:

apathy

noun

  • [mass noun] Lack of interest, enthusiasm, or concern:

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