- 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)
- apatheism noun
- apathetic adj
- apatheia noun
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”).