What does apathy mean?

Definitions for apathy
ˈæp ə θiap·a·thy

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. apathynoun

    an absence of emotion or enthusiasm

  2. apathy, indifference, numbness, spiritlessnessnoun

    the trait of lacking enthusiasm for or interest in things generally


  1. apathynoun

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Apathynoun

    The quality of not feeling; exemption from passion; freedom from mental perturbation.

    Etymology: α, not, and ϖάϑος, feeling.

    Of good and evil much they argued then,
    Passion, and apathy, and glory, and shame. John Milton, Paradise Lost.

    To remain insensible of such provocations, is not constancy, but apathy. South.

    In lazy apathy let stoicks boast
    Their virtue fix’d; ’tis fixed as in frost,
    Contracted all, retiring to the breast;
    But strength of mind is exercise, not rest. Alexander Pope.


  1. apathy

    Apathy is a lack of enthusiasm, emotion, or interest towards something or someone. It refers to a state of indifference or disinterest in engaging or caring about a particular situation, issue, or relationship. Apathy can manifest as a lack of motivation, indifference, or a perceived lack of concern.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Apathynoun

    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


  1. Apathy

    Apathy is a state of indifference, or the suppression of emotions such as concern, excitement, motivation and passion. An apathetic individual has an absence of interest in or concern about emotional, social, spiritual, philosophical and/or physical life. They may lack a sense of purpose or meaning in their life. He or she may also exhibit insensibility or sluggishness. In positive psychology, apathy is described as a result of the individual feeling they do not possess the level of skill required to confront a challenge. It may also be a result of perceiving no challenge at all. In light of the insurmountable certainty of universal doom, apathy is the default mode of existential nihilism, and, as such, is not considered to be a pathological state by those who experience it..

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Apathy

    ap′ath-i, n. want of feeling: absence of passion: indifference.—adjs. Apathet′ic, Apathet′ical (rare).—adv. Apathet′ically. [Gr.; a, neg., pathos, feeling.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of apathy in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of apathy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of apathy in a Sentence

  1. Winning sentence, 1990 Bulwer-Lytton bad fiction contest.:

    Delores breezed along the surface of her life like a flat stone forever skipping along smooth water, rippling reality sporadically but oblivious to it consistently, until she finally lost momentum, sank, and due to an over- dose of flouride as a child which caused her to suffer from chronic apathy, doomed herself to lie forever on the floor of her life as useless as an appendix and as lonely as a five-hundred pound barbell in a steroid-free fitness center.

  2. Carl Jung:

    There can be no transforming of darkness into light and of apathy into movement without emotion.

  3. Donald Trump:

    The biggest threat to our democracy... is not one individual, it is not one big super PAC billionaires, it is apathy, it is indifference, it is us not doing what we are supposed to do.

  4. Johann von Goethe:

    God could cause us considerable embarrassment by revealing all the secrets of nature to us we should not know what to do for sheer apathy and boredom.

  5. John Lennon:

    Apathy isn't it. We can do something. So flower power didn't work. So what. We start again.

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