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  Apathy (Ap"a*thy) (#), n.; pl. Apathies (#).
[L. apathia, Gr. ¿; ¿ 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.
^ In the first ages of the church, the Christians adopted the term to express a contempt of earthly concerns.

Synonyms -- Insensibility; unfeelingness; indifference; unconcern; stoicism; supineness; sluggishness.

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