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APATHY

A lack of feeling in circumstances that call for a show of emotion. apathy may be temperamental, but it can also be morally culpable, as when a situation demands strong and decisive action that an apathetic person is not prepared to take. (Etym. Greek apatheia, want of feeling.)

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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