Definition of apathy in US English:

apathy

noun

  • Lack of interest, enthusiasm, or concern.

    ‘widespread apathy among students’
    • ‘It was a dismal campaign characterised by public apathy and political evasiveness.’
    • ‘She came to see me at a local clinic and I was very concerned about her, particularly her very marked apathy.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘That chasm is reflected as well in the widespread apathy of the public toward the election.’
    • ‘Despondency and political apathy are not characteristic of people in the grip of nationalist zeal.’
    • ‘This shows apathy on the part of the Government to the problems of the common man.’
    • ‘He also signalled the need for politicians to combat public apathy by re-establishing trust.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The apathy and lack of compassion he describes, are also present in our own US health care system.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A project which aims to shape a rural community for future generations has met with apathy, says a group.’
    • ‘There is a lot of apathy and some residents are only just beginning to realise how much it will affect them.’
    • ‘I was reading about voter apathy, particularly amongst the young, the other day.’
    • ‘Another reason for voter apathy is a lack of confidence in politicians.’
    • ‘However, we must also look at how much apathy there is within our community towards local politicians.’
    • ‘We may not be able to institute change, but apathy is the death of all dialogue and debate.’
    • ‘The issue of student apathy has been tossed around a lot this past couple weeks.’
    • ‘In this day and age of political apathy, there's at least one group I respect.’
    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

/ˈapəTHē//ˈæpəθi/