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From French apathie, from Latin apathīa, from Ancient Greek ἀπάθεια (apátheia, impassibility”, “insensibility”, “freedom from emotion), from ἀπαθής (apathḗs, not suffering or having suffered”, “without experience of), from ἀ- (a-, not) + πάθος (páthos, anything that befalls one”, “incident”, “emotion”, “passion).

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  • IPA(key): /ˈæ.pə.θi/
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apathy (usually uncountable, plural apathies)

  1. Lack of emotion or motivation; lack of interest or enthusiasm towards something; disinterest (in something).
    • 1818, Mary Shelley, chapter 2, in Frankenstein[1]:
      I opened it with apathy; the theory which he attempts to demonstrate and the wonderful facts which he relates soon changed this feeling into enthusiasm.

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