Apathies
Apathy Ap"a*thy, n.; pl. {Apathies}. [L. apathia, Gr. ?; 'a 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. [1913 Webster]

A certain apathy or sluggishness in his nature which led him . . . to leave events to take their own course. --Prescott. [1913 Webster]

According to the Stoics, apathy meant the extinction of the passions by the ascendency of reason. --Fleming. [1913 Webster]

Note: In the first ages of the church, the Christians adopted the term to express a contempt of earthly concerns. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Insensibility; unfeelingness; indifference; unconcern; stoicism; supineness; sluggishness. [1913 Webster]


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