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Is it ignorance or apathy? Hey, I don't know and I don't care.
Jimmy Buffett

Meaning of "apathy" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD APATHY

From Latin, from Greek apatheia, from apathēs without feeling, from a-1 + pathos feeling.
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PRONUNCIATION OF APATHY

apathy  [ˈæpəθɪ] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF APATHY

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Apathy is a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

WHAT DOES APATHY MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Apathy

Apathy is most commonly defined as a lack of feeling, emotion, interest, or concern. It is a state of indifference, or the suppression of emotions such as concern, excitement, motivation, and/or passion. An apathetic individual has an absence of interest in or concern about emotional, social, spiritual, philosophical and/or physical life and the world. The apathetic may lack a sense of purpose or meaning in their life. An apathetic person 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. Apathy may be a sign of more specific mental problems such as schizophrenia or dementia. However, apathy is something that all people face in some capacity. It is a natural response to disappointment, dejection, and stress. As a response, apathy is a way to forget about these negative feelings.

Definition of apathy in the English dictionary

The definition of apathy in the dictionary is absence of interest in or enthusiasm for things generally considered interesting or moving. Other definition of apathy is absence of emotion.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH APATHY


allelopathy
ˌælɪˈlɒpəθɪ
allopathy
əˈlɒpəθɪ
antipathy
ænˈtɪpəθɪ
cardiomyopathy
ˌkɑːdɪəʊmaɪˈɒpəθɪ
empathy
ˈɛmpəθɪ
encephalopathy
ɛnˌsɛfəˈlɒpəθɪ
enteropathy
ˌentəˈrɒpəθɪ
homeopathy
ˌhəʊmɪˈɒpəθɪ
homoeopathy
ˌhəʊmɪˈɒpəθɪ
lymphadenopathy
lɪmˌfædɪˈnɒpəθɪ
myelopathy
ˌmaɪəˈlɒpəθɪ
myopathy
maɪˈɒpəθɪ
naprapathy
nəˈpræpəθɪ
naturopathy
ˌneɪtʃəˈrɒpəθɪ
nephropathy
nɛfˈrɒpəθɪ
neuropathy
njʊˈrɒpəθɪ
osteopathy
ˌɒstɪˈɒpəθɪ
retinopathy
ˌrɛtɪˈnɒpəθɪ
sympathy
ˈsɪmpəθɪ
telepathy
tɪˈlɛpəθɪ

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE APATHY

apart
apart from
apartheid
aparthotel
apartment
apartment block
apartment building
apartment complex
apartment house
apartmental
apartments
apartness
apatetic
apathetic
apathetical
apathetically
apatite
apatosaur
apatosaurus
apay

WORDS THAT END LIKE APATHY

adenopathy
anthropopathy
arthropathy
bovine spongiform encephalopathy
cardiopathy
cranial osteopathy
dyspathy
enantiopathy
endocrinopathy
haemoglobinopathy
hemoglobinopathy
hydropathy
idiopathy
kinesipathy
myalgic encephalopathy
myocardiopathy
protopathy
sociopathy
swathy
tea and sympathy
transmissible spongiform encephalopathy

Synonyms and antonyms of apathy in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «APATHY»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «apathy» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of apathy

Translation of «apathy» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF APATHY

Find out the translation of apathy to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of apathy from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «apathy» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

漠不关心
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

apatía
570 millions of speakers

English

apathy
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

उदासीनता
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

اللامبالاة
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

апатия
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

apatia
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

ঔদাসীন্য
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

apathie
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Apathy
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Apathie
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

無関心
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

냉담
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Apathy
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

lạt leo
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

அக்கறையின்மை
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

औदासीन्य
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

ilgisizlik
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

apatia
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

apatia
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

апатія
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

apatie
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

απάθεια
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

apatie
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

apati
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

apati
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of apathy

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «APATHY»

The term «apathy» is quite widely used and occupies the 34.537 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «APATHY» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «apathy» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «apathy» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about apathy

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10 QUOTES WITH «APATHY»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word apathy.
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Shari Arison
The good inside of all of us is wrapped in a layer of apathy, and we forget how much potential we have within us, in each and every one of us, to change the world for the better for ourselves and our children, and thus to bring about oneness.
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William Bernbach
In communications, familiarity breeds apathy.
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Jimmy Buffett
Is it ignorance or apathy? Hey, I don't know and I don't care.
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Hillary Clinton
It is often when night looks darkest, it is often before the fever breaks that one senses the gathering momentum for change, when one feels that resurrection of hope in the midst of despair and apathy.
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Frank Moore Colby
Persecution was at least a sign of personal interest. Tolerance is composed of nine parts of apathy to one of brotherly love.
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Cyril Connolly
Slums may well be breeding grounds of crime, but middle class suburbs are incubators of apathy and delirium.
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Adrian Cronauer
I was faced more with apathy than opposition.
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Kevin DeYoung
Much of the impotence of American churches is tied to a profound ignorance and apathy about justification. Our people live in a fog of guilt. Or just as bad, they think being a better person is all God requires.
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Aubrey de Grey
There's nothing wrong with making the best of one's declining years, but what does annoy me is the fatalism. Now that we're seriously in range of finding therapies that actually work against ageing, this apathy, of course, becomes an enormous part of the problem.
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Janeane Garofalo
Here's what the right-wing has in, there's no shortage of the natural resources of ignorance, apathy, hate, fear. As long as those things are in the collective conscious and unconscious, the Republicans will have some votes.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «APATHY»

Discover the use of apathy in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to apathy and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
1
Apathy and Other Small Victories
The only thing Shane cares about is leaving.
Paul Neilan, 2007
2
The Two Faces of Political Apathy
To explain why individuals become committed to political apathy as a political role, Tom DeLuca begins by defining "the two faces of political apathy.
Tom DeLuca, 1995
3
Avoiding Politics: How Americans Produce Apathy in Everyday Life
Her book challenges received ideas about culture, power and democracy, while exposing the hard work of producing apathy.
Nina Eliasoph, 1998
4
Overcoming Student Apathy: Motivating Students for Academic ...
, The Rebel, The Downtrodden, The Invisible). Teachers will identify with both the students and the teachers portrayed in the book; thus, transferring understanding and applications back to their own classrooms.
Jeff C. Marshall, 2008
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Motivating the Middle: Fighting Apathy in College Student ...
If you lead a student organization and you're frustrated that you and a few others do all the work, you need to motivate a specific set of overlooked members.
T. J. Sullivan, 2011
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Apathy for the Devil: A Seventies Memoir
Chronicling Nick Kent's up-close, personal, often harrowing adventures with the Rolling Stones, Lester Bangs, David Bowie, Led Zeppelin, the Sex Pistols, and Chrissie Hynde, among scores of others, Apathy for the Devil is a picaresque ...
Nick Kent, 2010
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A Finely Tuned Apathy Machine
Bursting with comedy and peculiarity, this collection of short stories explores the world of those living their Generation-X lives on the fringes of society.
Mark Paterson, 2007
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Generation at the Crossroads: Apathy and Action on the ...
This insightful book explores the culture of withdrawal that dominated American campuses through most of the eighties.
Paul Rogat Loeb, 1995
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American Psychiatric Press Review of Psychiatry
Apathy as a Characteristic or Acquired Feature of Adult Personality Apathy, as the inverse of motivation, can be measured in all individuals because level of motivation is a measurable attribute of personality. The distribution of symptomatic ...
Leah J. Dickstein, John M. Oldham, Michelle B. Riba, 1996
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Taking on the Church: Arrogance and Apathy in American Churches
This book is an effort to call Christians to accountability for the unapologetic apathy rampant in American organized religion.
Bill Riggs, 2006

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «APATHY»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term apathy is used in the context of the following news items.
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Edu scheme for tribal students a non-starter due to official apathy
NAGPUR: Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis may be keen on bringing tribal students into the mainstream at primary school level but the tribal ... «Times of India, Jul 15»
2
Irritated with dealer's apathy, builder makes donkeys pull Rs 1-crore …
But due to dealer's apathy, his expensive car is no better than a donkey cart. He said he regrets buying this car. “If I had bought a Nano, it would ... «ABP Live, Jul 15»
3
Police apathy adding to man's miseries
The Mandi Sadiq Ganj Police have failed to recover the motorcycle of an employee of RHC Mandi Sadiq Ganj. The vaccinator Asad Mehmood ... «The Nation, Jul 15»
4
Byfield: In praise of voter apathy
With another federal election close upon us, gird yourselves for sustained whinging and garment tearing over voter apathy. I'm going to ignore ... «Edmonton Sun, Jul 15»
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Molest survivor cries cop apathy
Molest survivor cries cop apathy. Our Correspondent. The young woman shows bruises on her hands outside the SSP's office in Bistupur on ... «Calcutta Telegraph, Jul 15»
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'No further action' on Maisara Amira's evidence of police apathy
PETALING JAYA: Lawyers for Liberty (LFL) has slammed the 'No Further Action' (NFA) classification given to Maisara Amira Mohamad ... «Free Malaysia Today, Jul 15»
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Peter Van Laarhoven: Turn focus back to foreign policy
... could examining how politics, ultra-nationalism, religious propaganda, greed and apathy all combine to become that evil thing called war. «La Crosse Tribune, Jul 15»
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Your Brand's Biggest Competitor: Apathy
The biggest problem today isn't your competitors -- it's apathy. Think hard to give people a reason to care, or to allow them to buy you without ... «MediaPost Communications, Jul 15»
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Russian opposition star campaigns against apathy, but Kremlin …
Maybe it was the disillusionment and apathy that many Russians are feeling about their political system these days. Or maybe it's that Navalny's ... «Fox News, Jul 15»
10
UP: Alleging apathy, 'gangrape victim' consumes poison outside …
An alleged gangrape victim on Wednesday consumed poison outside the Bhudana police station in Muzaffarnagar while blaming the police for ... «The Indian Express, Jul 15»

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« EDUCALINGO. Apathy [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/apathy>. Oct 2019 ».
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