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apathy

 [ap´ah-the]
lack of feeling or emotions; indifference.

ap·a·thy

(ap'ă-thē),
Indifference; absence of interest in the environment. Often one of the earliest signs of cerebral disease.
[G. apatheia, fr. a- priv. + pathos, suffering]

apathy

/ap·a·thy/ (ap´ah-the) lack of feeling or emotion; indifference.apathet´ic

apathy

[ap′əthē]
Etymology: Gk, a, pathos, not suffering
an absence or suppression of emotion, feeling, concern, or passion; an indifference to stimuli found generally to be exciting or moving. The condition is common in patients with neurasthenia, depressive disorders, and schizophrenia. apathetic, adj.

apathy

Psychology Indifference, numbness. See Erotic apathy.

ap·a·thy

(ap'ă-thē)
Indifference; absence of interest in the environment. Often one of the earliest signs of cerebral disease or depression.
[G. apatheia, fr. a- priv. + pathos, suffering]

ap·a·thy

(ap'ă-thē)
Indifference; absence of interest in the environment. Often one of the earliest signs of cerebral disease.
[G. apatheia, fr. a- priv. + pathos, suffering]

apathy

failure to respond emotionally to external stimuli.
References in classic literature ?
The last entry in his diary was made the morning following her death, and there he recites the sad details in a matter-of- fact way that adds to the pathos of it; for it breathes a tired apathy born of long sorrow and hopelessness, which even this cruel blow could scarcely awake to further suffering:
Everywhere there are ruins and unburied dead, and shrunken, yellow-faced survivors in a mortal apathy.
Princess Mary, alarmed by her father's feverish and sleepless activity after his previous apathy, could not bring herself to leave him alone and for the first time in her life ventured to disobey him.
Henry, indeed, had been included against his wish, and revenged himself by observing Katharine and Rodney with disillusioned eyes; while Katharine was in a state of gloomy self-suppression which resulted in complete apathy.
With a feeling that was akin to apathy she turned to meet her fate, and there, before her, running swiftly across the broad chamber to her side, was Carthoris, his naked long-sword gleaming in his hand.
So hopeless had seemed her situation to her that Jane Clayton but stood in lethargic apathy awaiting the impact of the huge body that would hurl her to the ground--awaiting the momentary agony that cruel talons and grisly fangs may inflict before the coming of the merciful oblivion which would end her sorrow and her suffering.
He thought he saw in her apathy a resignation to her fate.
A curious apathy seemed to have taken possession of this resolute woman.
He had, withal, the invalid's apathy and did not greatly concern himself about the uncommon fate that had been allotted to him.
Where was the explanation of her incomprehensible apathy when my name was twice pronounced in her hearing?
On the other hand, the great helpless mass of the population, the people of the abyss, was sinking into a brutish apathy of content with misery.
Here was Arthur left to me at last; and rousing from my despondent apathy, I exerted all my powers to eradicate the weeds that had been fostered in his infant mind, and sow again the good seed they had rendered unproductive.