apatheia

apathy

[ap-uh-thee]
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] . Stoicism. freedom from emotion of any kind.

Origin:
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


1. coolness. 2. See indifference.


1. ardor, fervor.
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apathy (ˈæpəθɪ)
 
n
1.  absence of interest in or enthusiasm for things generally considered interesting or moving
2.  absence of emotion
 
[C17: from Latin, from Greek apatheia, from apathēs without feeling, from a-1 + pathos feeling]

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apathy
c.1600, "freedom from suffering," from Fr. apathie (16c.), from L. apathia, from Gk. apatheia "freedom from suffering, impassability," from apathes "without feeling," from a- "without" + 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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apathy ap·a·thy (āp'ə-thē)
n.
Lack of interest, concern, or emotion; indifference.

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