What is Apathy?

At Talk Politics, you’ll find we use this word quite a lot in a political context. If you look it up in the Oxford Dictionary, this is what you’ll find:




  • [mass noun] Lack of interest, enthusiasm, or concern:

    ‘widespread apathy among students’


Early 17th century: from French apathie, via Latin from Greek apatheia, from apathēs without feeling, from a- without + pathos suffering.