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apathy

[ap-uh-thee] /ˈæp ə θi/
noun, plural apathies.
1.
absence or suppression of passion, emotion, or excitement.
2.
lack of interest in or concern for things that others find moving or exciting.
3.
Also, apatheia, apathia
[ap-uh-thee-uh] /ˌæp əˈθi ə/ (Show IPA)
. Stoicism. freedom from emotion of any kind.
Origin
1595-1605
1595-1605; (< F) < Latin apathīa < Greek apátheia insensibility to suffering, equivalent to apathe- (stem of apathḗs) unfeeling (a- a-6 + pathe-, variant stem of páthos pathos) + -ia -ia
Synonyms
1. coolness. 2. See indifference.
Antonyms
1. ardor, fervor.
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British Dictionary definitions for apatheia

apathy

/ˈæpəθɪ/
noun
1.
absence of interest in or enthusiasm for things generally considered interesting or moving
2.
absence of emotion
Word Origin
C17: from Latin, from Greek apatheia, from apathēs without feeling, from a-1 + pathos feeling
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Word Origin and History for apatheia

apathy

n.

c.1600, "freedom from suffering," from French apathie (16c.), from Latin apathia, from Greek apatheia "freedom from suffering, impassability, want of sensation," from apathes "without feeling, without suffering or having suffered," from a- "without" (see a- (3)) + pathos "emotion, feeling, suffering" (see pathos). Originally a positive quality; sense of "indolence of mind, indifference to what should excite" is from c.1733.

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apatheia in Medicine

apathy ap·a·thy (āp'ə-thē)
n.
Lack of interest, concern, or emotion; indifference.

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Encyclopedia Article for apatheia

apathy

in Stoic philosophy, condition of being totally free from the pathe, which roughly are the emotions and passions, notably pain, fear, desire, and pleasure. Although remote origins of the doctrine can probably be found in the Cynics (second half of the 4th century BC), it was Zeno of Citium (4th-3rd century BC) who explicitly taught that the pathe were to be extirpated entirely.

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