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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Yet there is still a public apathy.
▪ Critics credited big money and news media for the public apathy.
▪ Or will the growth, rapid so far, falter on public apathy or distrust?
▪ What can average citizens do in the midst of such public apathy and lean government support?
voter apathy
▪ Authoritarian management often leads to apathy among employees.
▪ Dimitri Volkov was in a fog of mental apathy and confusion.
▪ I have heard therapists say matter-of-factly that in old people, withdrawal, depression, and apathy are normal.
▪ Many health education campaigns are still greeted with apathy.
▪ The constant repetition of an untruth did not make anyone believe, but it could batter the brain into unthinking apathy.
▪ The fatalistic apathy that this creates becomes a part of the induced passivity that I have seen in thousands of illiterate adults.
▪ Then there will come the tears and despair of apathy.
▪ There is apathy within the A&R departments of major record companies.
▪ Worker apathy has been and remains rampant.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Apathy \Ap"a*thy\, n.; pl. Apathies. [L. apathia, Gr. ?; 'a priv. + ?, fr. ?, ?, to suffer: cf. F. apathie. See Pathos.] Want of feeling; privation of passion, emotion, or excitement; dispassion; -- applied either to the body or the mind. As applied to the mind, it is a calmness, indolence, or state of indifference, incapable of being ruffled or roused to active interest or exertion by pleasure, pain, or passion. ``The apathy of despair.''

A certain apathy or sluggishness in his nature which led him . . . to leave events to take their own course.

According to the Stoics, apathy meant the extinction of the passions by the ascendency of reason.

Note: In the first ages of the church, the Christians adopted the term to express a contempt of earthly concerns.

Syn: Insensibility; unfeelingness; indifference; unconcern; stoicism; supineness; sluggishness.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

c.1600, "freedom from suffering," from French apathie (16c.), from Latin apathia, from Greek apatheia "freedom from suffering, impassability, want of sensation," from apathes "without feeling, without suffering or having suffered," from a- "without" (see a- (3)) + pathos "emotion, feeling, suffering" (see pathos). Originally a positive quality; sense of "indolence of mind, indifference to what should excite" is from c.1733.


n. Complete lack of emotion or motivation about a person, activity, or object; depression; lack of interest or enthusiasm; disinterest.

  1. n. an absence of emotion or enthusiasm

  2. the trait of lacking enthusiasm for or interest in things generally [syn: indifference, spiritlessness]


Apáthy is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

  • Stephan Apáthy (1863–1922), Hungarian zoologist and histologist
  • Jenő Apáthy, Hungarian fencer
Apathy (rapper)

Chad Bromley (born March 8, 1979), better known by his stage nameApathy (formerly "The Alien Tongue"), is a rapper and producer from Willimantic, Connecticut.

His first major release was his debut album; Eastern Philosophy in March 2006 with guest appearances from Celph Titled, Ryu, and Blue Raspberry. His second album Wanna Snuggle? was released in 2009 and his third studio album Honkey Kong was released in 2011, both to critical acclaim. His fourth studio album, Connecticut Casual was released on June 3, 2014 and reached #41 in the R&B/Hip Hop Albums charts.

Apathy is known for his frequent collaborations with other MCs and groups such as Demigodz, Celph Titled, Doe Rakers, Jedi Mind Tricks, Army of the Pharaohs, Styles of Beyond, and the Get Busy Committee.

Apathy (disambiguation)

Apathy is a lack of emotion, motivation, or enthusiasm, deriving from the ancient Greek term Apatheia.

Apathy may also refer to:

  • Apathy (rapper), an underground rapper
  • Stephan (or István) Apathy (1863–1922), a Hungarian zoologist
  • The surname Apáthy
  • "Apathy", a song by the industrial rock band KMFDM
  • Apathy, a defunct grunge band fronted by Luke Helder
  • "Apathy is a Death Wish", a song by Story of the Year

Usage examples of "apathy".

It was a curious proof of the mischievousness as well as of the extent of the influence which Madame Adelaide and her sister were able to exert over the indolence and apathy of their father, that when Marie Antoinette had for more than two years been married and living within twelve miles of Paris, she had never yet seen it by daylight, although the universal and natural expectation of the citizens had been that the royal pair would pay the city a state visit immediately after their marriage.

Louis, which might induce him to rouse himself from his ordinary apathy and reserve, and make him more of a man of the world and more of a companion for her.

What was probably as painful to Marie Antoinette as these occurrences themselves was the apathy with which the king regarded them.

Ida did not see them at first, and Van Berg was again struck by the pallor and stony apathy of her face.

It seemed as if nothing could rouse or sting her out of the dull apathy into which she had reacted after the desperate excitement of the preceding day.

Instead of going down to supper she returned to the solitude of her own room, but the apathy of the earlier part of the day had vanished utterly.

For a long time she sat in dreary apathy, almost as motionless as the mossy rock beneath her, and was conscious only of her throbbing forehead and aching heart.

Croatia descended into political apathy from which it did not emerge for almost two decades.

Catholic church remained the only guardian of the Croatian spirit in the national apathy that spread during the 1970s.

Horton went to see her every day--felt the feeble little pulse which seemed hardly to have force enough to beat--urged her to struggle against apathy and inertia, to walk a little, to go for a long drive every day, to live in the open air--to which instructions she paid not the slightest attention.

Everywhere I encountered fatalism, apathy, lost communications, broken-up regiments, and confusion over orders.

The transportees, sunk in wretched apathy, doze or stare about in the asphyxiating miasma.

Omnius may yet win--not through military strength, but through the apathy weakening our forces.

It took the murder of my son and an extraordinary rallying effort to make people fight back against the thinking machines, after so many centuries of apathy and lack of initiative.

They refer only to ordinary events, but contain some expressions which denote the ardency of his patriotism, and the disappointments to which it was not unfrequently subjected in consequence of the apathy of others.