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apathetic

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj apathetic marked by a lack of interest; it is simply indifferent" "an apathetic audience","the universe is neither hostile nor friendly"
    • adj apathetic showing little or no emotion or animation "a woman who became active rather than apathetic as she grew older"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Apathetic showing a lack of interest or concern; indifferent.
    • a Apathetic Void of feeling; not susceptible of deep emotion; passionless.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • apathetic Characterized by apathy; having or exhibiting little or no emotion; devoid of strong feeling or passion; insensible.
    • apathetic Synonyms Passionless, unmoved, unfeeling, indifferent.
    • apathetic In biology, of or pertaining to the Apathetica of Lamarck.
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Quotations

  • James Thurber
    James%20Thurber
    “The difference between our decadence and the Russians is that while theirs is brutal, ours is apathetic.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See Apathy

Usage

In literature:

But Ernestine, who had all the business she could attend to with her laundry, was apathetic.
"One Woman's Life" by Robert Herrick
Bear-Tone, who had stood waiting somewhat apathetically, came suddenly to attention.
"A Busy Year at the Old Squire's" by Charles Asbury Stephens
What will become of the apathetic country gentlemen?
"Lord George Bentinck A Political Biography" by Benjamin Disraeli
Mr. Peaslee, silent and immovable, watched her with apathetic eyes.
"The Calico Cat" by Charles Miner Thompson
He sat close by a window, and his apathetic eyes rested now and again on the dreary scene without.
"The Spinner's Book of Fiction" by Various
To-day she felt apathetic, indifferent.
"Gigolo" by Edna Ferber
The plain people of France were more or less apathetic toward Emperor or King.
"The Eagle of the Empire" by Cyrus Townsend Brady
It struck him that he had never seen such dull, apathetic faces as these Culm people had.
"Culm Rock" by Glance Gaylord
So apathetic that he does not hear commands.
"The Measurement of Intelligence" by Lewis Madison Terman
Her husband sat apathetically at the boy's bedside, watching his flushed face and listening to his delirious raving.
"Rabbi and Priest" by Milton Goldsmith
Miss Carter listened at first apathetically, then with growing interest.
"Betty Wales Senior" by Margaret Warde
The captain harangued and scolded an apathetic team.
"Just Patty" by Jean Webster
Then the men stood, in formation still, apathetically watching the events that were going on around them.
"The Girl in the Golden Atom" by Raymond King Cummings
He saw his friends with terror written on their faces, while he lay apathetically and could not stir.
"A Voice in the Wilderness" by Grace Livingston Hill
But they soon subsided into an apathetic state, and watched.
"The Black Bar" by George Manville Fenn
Hawk, who was usually so calm and almost apathetic, walked the deck full of energy and excitement.
"Peter the Whaler" by W.H.G. Kingston
From the beginning Mrs. Mullett Flint had taken one of her apathetic dislikes to the little Jonathan.
"Flint" by Maud Wilder Goodwin
Oliver leaned against the rock, and stood in apathetic silence.
"Deep Down, a Tale of the Cornish Mines" by R.M. Ballantyne
These little slaves had long ago been terrified, and beaten, and starved into listless, apathetic and silent creatures.
"Black Ivory" by R.M. Ballantyne
Gradually a look of comprehension replaced the apathetic stare.
"Flamsted quarries" by Mary E. Waller
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In poetry:

In mood apathetic
We hear energetic
But futile economists voicing their views;
And little attention
We give the dissension
Until we awoke to this dread bit of news.
"Golden Silence" by C J Dennis
Poor darling, biting at her feet,
Running beside her like a dog, biting her earthy, splay feet,
Nipping her ankles,
Which she drags apathetic away, though without retreating into her shell.
"Lui Et Elle" by D H Lawrence

In news:

Confessions of a political apathetic .
What do you do with an apathetic student.
Why We're Apathetic Obama and Romney ignore the #1 issue.
A drenched clown, an apathetic werewolf, and other bizarro characters help locals create an unconventional TV show.
Algerian vote touted as fair, but voters apathetic.
Well, saying that people were apathetic toward the event might be inaccurate.
Recently one of my colleagues sent me a story that sums up the media's apathetic appetite for covering the environment.
PARIS — The digital generation is apathetic about cars.
Apathetic users mean vote falls far short of forcing Facebook to keep old rules.
" ' Hipster ' has just become a term for apathetic young people.".
YorkCounts identifies savings in merger, but officials seem apathetic.
The child's father has been reported as missing, while the mother is in a psychiatric institution, unresponsive and apathetic.
I have to say, this is about as apathetic toward the Vikings as I have been in some time.
I purposely avoided MacGregor's city location (the one on Gregory Street in the South Wedge) for about a month this spring, suspecting the staff there'd been stricken with SARS: Server Apathetic Response Syndrome.
For Kinane, the personal sacrifice is an example set for what he sees as an apathetic public.
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