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apathy


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Apathy  \Ap"a*thy\,  n.;  pl  {Apathies}.  [L.  apathia  Gr  ?;  'a 
  priv.  +  ?,  fr  ?,  ?,  to  suffer:  cf  F.  apathie  See 
  {Pathos}.] 
  Want  of  feeling;  privation  of  passion,  emotion,  or 
  excitement;  dispassion;  --  applied  either  to  the  body  or  the 
  mind.  As  applied  to  the  mind,  it  is  a  calmness,  indolence,  or 
  state  of  indifference,  incapable  of  being  ruffled  or  roused 
  to  active  interest  or  exertion  by  pleasure,  pain,  or  passion. 
  ``The  apathy  of  despair.''  --Macaulay. 
 
  A  certain  apathy  or  sluggishness  in  his  nature  which 
  led  him  .  .  .  to  leave  events  to  take  their  own  course. 
  --Prescott. 
 
  According  to  the  Stoics,  apathy  meant  the  extinction  of 
  the  passions  by  the  ascendency  of  reason.  --Fleming. 
 
  Note:  In  the  first  ages  of  the  church,  the  Christians  adopted 
  the  term  to  express  a  contempt  of  earthly  concerns. 
 
  Syn:  Insensibility;  unfeelingness;  indifference;  unconcern; 
  stoicism;  supineness;  sluggishness. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  apathy 
  n  1:  an  absence  of  emotion  or  enthusiasm 
  2:  the  trait  of  lacking  enthusiasm  for  or  interest  in  things 
  generally  [syn:  {indifference},  {spiritlessness}] 




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