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I know that both of them can be translated as “apathy”, but is there a distinction between them? Are they interchangeable?

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This 無 is a prefix meaning "-less". If you understand the difference between 感動 and 関心, the difference between 無感動 and 無関心 is almost self-evident. 関心 is "interest" or "curiosity", whereas 感動 is "(emotional) movement" or "excitement"

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  • Oh, thank you so much! I wasn't sure if it mattered which one you would use. But I guess it does. – Micheal Gignac Sep 24 '18 at 16:12
  • You shd be aware that 無関心 is very commonly used (to mean “indifferent” or “uninterested”), but 無感動 is not common at all. – Marc Adler Sep 25 '18 at 12:11
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    @MarcAdler According to BCCWJ, 無関心 is 10 times as common as 無感動, but there are 64 examples of 無感動, and that's not a small number. – naruto Sep 25 '18 at 12:38

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