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Meaning of APATHY

Pronunciation:  'aputhee

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the trait of lacking enthusiasm for or interest in things generally
  2. [n]  an absence of emotion or enthusiasm

APATHY is a 6 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: indifference, spiritlessness
 See Also: emotionlessness, feeling, impassiveness, impassivity, indifference, languor, lassitude, listlessness, passiveness, passivity, phlegm, stolidity, unemotionality



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Ap"a*thy\, n.; pl. {Apathies}. [L. apathia, Gr. ?; 'a
priv. + ?, fr. ?, ?, to suffer: cf. F. apathie. See
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.'' --Macaulay.

      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. --Fleming.

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.

Biology Dictionary
 Definition: Indifference, lethargy, or general lack of emotion or feeling.
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