noun, plural apathies.
absence or suppression of passion, emotion, or excitement.
lack of interest in or concern for things that others find moving or exciting.
Also, apatheia, apathia [ap-uh-thee-uh] . Stoicism. freedom from emotion of any kind.

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)
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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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)
Lack of interest, concern, or emotion; indifference.

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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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Example sentences
Another reason for employees' apathy may be the lack of spare cash,
  particularly if they are not paid much.
Spouse apathy (if not outright derision) is not uncommon in collector
Try not to allow their apathy to affect your enthusiasm.
For years, student apathy has been blamed for the low turnout.
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