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Synonyms for apathy
ˈæp ə θiap·a·thy

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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.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. apathynoun

    an absence of emotion or enthusiasm

    Synonyms:
    spiritlessness, indifference, numbness

  2. apathy, indifference, numbness, spiritlessnessnoun

    the trait of lacking enthusiasm for or interest in things generally

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

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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. apathynoun

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

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. apathynoun

    Synonyms:
    dispassion, indifference, unconcern, insensibility

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "apathy":

    indifference, lethargy, nonchalance, inertia, apathetic

Nicknames

  1. List of known nicknames for "Apathy":

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How to use apathy in a sentence?

  1. Helen Keller, My Religion, 1927:

    Science may have found a cure for most evils; but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all - the apathy of human beings.

  2. Haniel Long:

    When an individual fear or apathy passes by the unfortunate, life is of no account.

  3. John Lennon:

    Apathy isn't it. We can do something. So flower power didn't work. So what. We start again.

  4. Helen Keller:

    Science may have found a cure for most evils; but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all- the apathy of human beings.

  5. Andy Ridley:

    It's deeply frustrating on a couple of fronts, when you get people believing that we've lost one of the world's greatest natural icons it doesn't inspire action, it actually inspires more apathy.


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