- The definition of apathy is a lack of emotion or interest.
A student who does not care one way or the other if he passes a class is an example of a student who has apathy towards the class.
A boy shows apathy towards his schoolwork.
- lack of emotion
- lack of interest; listless condition; unconcern; indifference
Origin of apathyFrench apathie ; from Classical Latin apathia ; from Classical Greek apatheia ; from a-, without + pathos, emotion: see pathos
- Lack of interest or concern, especially regarding matters of general importance or appeal; indifference.
- Lack of emotion or feeling; impassiveness.
Origin of apathyLatin apathīa, from Greek apatheia, from apathēs, without feeling : a-, without; see a–1 + pathos, feeling; see kwent(h)- in Indo-European roots.
(usually uncountable, plural apathies)
From French apathie, from Latin apathīa, from Ancient Greek ἀπάθεια (apatheia, “impassibility”, “insensibility”, “freedom from emotion”), from ἀπαθής (apathēs, “not suffering or having suffered”, “without experience of”), from ἀ- (a-, “not”) + πάθος (pathos, “anything that befalls one”, “incident”, “emotion”, “passion”).