Apathetic is an adjective that describes the feeling of being bored with what’s going on around you. If you don’t care one way or another, you’re apathetic.

The Greek word pathos describes a type of emotional suffering that afflicts people who are super sensitive to their environment. Pathos is a root word of apathetic, but the prefix a- turns it into the opposite: emotional boredom, insensitivity, and a lack of enthusiasm. Maybe you feel apathetic because nothing around you stirs your interest, or maybe it’s because you need some coffee.

Definitions of apathetic

adj showing little or no emotion or animation

“a woman who became active rather than apathetic as she grew older”
lacking ardor or vigor or energy

adj marked by a lack of interest

“an apathetic audience”
not having or showing interest

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