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A'pathy. n.s. [α, not, and πάθος, feeling.] The quality of not feeling; exemption from passion; freedom from mental perturbation.

Of good and evil much they argued then,
Passion, and apathy, and glory, and shame.
Milton's Paradise Lost.

To remain insensible of such provocations, is not constancy, but apathy. South.

In lazy apathy let stoicks boast
Their virtue fix'd; 'tis fixed as in frost,
Contracted all, retiring to the breast;
But strength of mind is exercise, not rest.

Sources: Milton, John (449) · Pope, Alexander (393) · South, Robert (158)

Attributes: Greek (126) · Noun Substantive (1269)

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