Definition of apathy in English:



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

    ‘widespread apathy among students’
    • ‘In this day and age of political apathy, there's at least one group I respect.’
    • ‘However, we must also look at how much apathy there is within our community towards local politicians.’
    • ‘Despondency and political apathy are not characteristic of people in the grip of nationalist zeal.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Another reason for voter apathy is a lack of confidence in politicians.’
    • ‘The reason people stay at home is apathy, cultivated by a belief they won't be listened to by the powers that be.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A project which aims to shape a rural community for future generations has met with apathy, says a group.’
    • ‘So far, however, they have not been able to rouse their compatriots from their apathy.’
    • ‘He also signalled the need for politicians to combat public apathy by re-establishing trust.’
    • ‘The apathy and lack of compassion he describes, are also present in our own US health care system.’
    • ‘I was reading about voter apathy, particularly amongst the young, the other day.’
    • ‘This shows apathy on the part of the Government to the problems of the common man.’
    • ‘She came to see me at a local clinic and I was very concerned about her, particularly her very marked apathy.’
    • ‘That chasm is reflected as well in the widespread apathy of the public toward the election.’
    • ‘The issue of student apathy has been tossed around a lot this past couple weeks.’
    • ‘There is a lot of apathy and some residents are only just beginning to realise how much it will affect them.’
    • ‘I find it very difficult not to sink into a state of apathy when watching that, because it's the same day after day.’
    • ‘Politicians blame the public for their apathy at election times but the public think it is the other way round.’
    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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Early 17th century: from French apathie, via Latin from Greek apatheia, from apathēs without feeling, from a- without + pathos suffering.