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- n. Lack of sympathy or passion; apathy.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Lack of sympathy; want of passion; apathy.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Want of sympathy; antipathy; an opposite taste or liking; uncongeniality.
dis- + Ancient Greek for "passion". See pathos. (Wiktionary)
I think at least part of the lack of respect for atheists comes from the perception of extreme dispathy … a sense that one has no idea where atheist are coming from … a kind of fear of the unknown.