V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. the absence of emotion or enthusiasm; 2. inability to feel; 3. lack of interest

Synonyms: unconcern, indifference, stoicism, insensibility, passivism, listlessness

Antonyms: passion, enthusiasm, zeal, curiosity

Tips: Apathy is derived from the word pathos, which means "feeling." When you add the negative "a" (without) to pathos, apathy means "without feeling." See also: the related adjective apathetic, which is used to describe people who are indifferent or uncaring.

Usage Examples:

His apathy toward his job eventually got him fired. (indifference, unconcern)

The politician was nervous because he was seeing signs of apathy from his loyal constituents. (passiveness, indifference)

She was apathetic toward her education and never got good grades. (indifferent, unconcerned) adjective

I was surprised at his apathy and lack of emotion on the fun day I had planned for us; I thought he would be more enthusiastic. (stoicism, indifference)

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