Use the noun apathy when someone isn't interested in the important things that are happening. You might feel apathy for the political process after watching candidates bicker tediously with one another.

Although apathy is a lazy-sounding word indicating a lack of interest, action, or emotion, it has traveled through many languages to arrive in English. From the Greek apatheia, "freedom from suffering" or "impassibility," apathy has existed in English since the 17th century. Not just one person, but a whole segment of the population can be accused of inaction or emotional detachment: the expressions voter apathy, student apathy, and consumer apathy show just how unenthusiastic groups of people can be.

Definitions of apathy

n an absence of emotion or enthusiasm

emotionlessness, impassiveness, impassivity, indifference, phlegm, stolidity, unemotionality
apathy demonstrated by an absence of emotional reactions
languor, lassitude, listlessness
a feeling of lack of interest or energy
Type of:
the experiencing of affective and emotional states

n the trait of lacking enthusiasm for or interest in things generally

indifference, numbness, spiritlessness
Type of:
passiveness, passivity
the trait of remaining inactive; a lack of initiative

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