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Synonyms for apathy
ˈæp ə θi

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. apathy(noun)

    an absence of emotion or enthusiasm

    Synonyms:
    spiritlessness, indifference, numbness

  2. apathy, indifference, numbness, spiritlessness(noun)

    the trait of lacking enthusiasm for or interest in things generally

    Synonyms:
    phlegm, indifference, impassivity, nonchalance, spiritlessness, unconcern, numbness, emotionlessness, impassiveness, stolidity, unemotionality

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. apathy

    Apathy, according to its Greek derivation, is a simple absence of feeling or emotion. There are persons to whom a certain degree of apathy is natural, an innate sluggishness of the emotional nature. In the apathy of despair, a person gives up, without resistance or sensibility, to what he has fiercely struggled to avoid. While apathy is want of feeling, calmness is feeling without agitation. Calmness is the result of strength, courage, or trust; apathy is the result of dulness or weakness. Composure is freedom from agitation or disturbance, resulting ordinarily from force of will, or from perfect confidence in one's own resources. Impassibility is a philosophical term applied to the Deity, as infinitely exalted above all stir of passion or emotion. Unfeelingness, the Saxon word that should be the exact equivalent of apathy, really means more, a lack of the feeling one ought to have, a censurable hardness of heart. Indifference and insensibility designate the absence of feeling toward certain persons or things; apathy, entire absence of feeling. Indifference is a want of interest; insensibility is a want of feeling; unconcern has reference to consequences. We speak of insensibility of heart, immobility of countenance. Stoicism is an intentional suppression of feeling and deadening of sensibilities, while apathy is involuntary. Compare CALM; REST; STUPOR.

    Synonyms:
    calmness, composure, immobility, impassibility, indifference, insensibility, lethargy, phlegm, quietness, quietude, sluggishness, stillness, stoicism, tranquillity, unconcern, unfeelingness

    Antonyms:
    agitation, alarm, anxiety, care, distress, disturbance, eagerness, emotion, excitement, feeling, frenzy, fury, passion, sensibility, sensitiveness, storm, susceptibility, sympathy, turbulence, vehemence, violence

    Preposition:
    The apathy of monastic life; apathy toward good.

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. apathy

    Synonyms:
    indifference, insensibility, unfeelingness in company, insusceptibility, unconcern, sluggishness, hebetude

    Antonyms:
    anxiety, care, eagerness, interestedness, sensibility, susceptibility, sensitiveness, irritability, curiosity

Editors Contribution

  1. whatever

    nonchalant word for not caring which way something goes

    she said, "whatever. it doesn't really matter to me."

    Submitted by rinat on September 16, 2019  

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. apathy(n.)

    Synonyms:
    insensibility, impassibility, dispassion, dulness, torpor, coldness, phlegm, indifference, unconcern, unfeelingness, stoicism, want of feeling

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. apathy(n)

    Synonyms:
    dispassion, indifference, unconcern, insensibility

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases:

    indifference, lethargy, nonchalance, inertia, apathetic

How to pronounce apathy?

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How to use apathy in a sentence?

  1. Matshona Dhliwayo:

    Love from strangers is better than apathy from relatives.

  2. Ashish Jha:

    It makes sense why so many Americans are feeling like we're done, and they're feeling a certain sense of apathy.

  3. The Malaysian report:

    The captain's ability to handle stress at work and home was good. There was no known history of apathy, anxiety, or irritability, there were no significant changes in his lifestyle, interpersonal conflict or family stresses.

  4. Lisa Shannon:

    The largest obstacle I see is to fight the apathy, when youre asking for global systems change and genuine commitments, even people who are pro-womens rights will question whether or not its needed, will say its unnecessary and this is something the tobacco and land mines and disabilities treaties faced.

  5. Nicole Amesbury:

    Don't mistake passion and purpose for demagoguery. I choose emotion over apathy. Being completely rational is overrated.


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