What does apathy mean?

Definitions for apathyˈæp ə θi

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word apathy.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. apathy(noun)

    an absence of emotion or enthusiasm

  2. apathy, indifference, numbness, spiritlessness(noun)

    the trait of lacking enthusiasm for or interest in things generally


  1. apathy(Noun)

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Apathy(noun)

    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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Tim Caplinger:

    We're kind of fighting apathy.

  2. Matshona Dhliwayo:

    Love from strangers is better than apathy from relatives.

  3. Dr. Felice Leonardo Buscaglia:

    I have a very strong feeling that the opposite of love is not hate -- it's apathy.

  4. Haniel Long:

    When an individual fear or apathy passes by the unfortunate, life is of no account.

  5. William Safire:

    Is sloppiness in speech caused by ignorance or apathy I don't know and I don't care.

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