noun Etymology: Middle English litargie, from Medieval Latin litargia, from Late Latin lethargia, from Greek lēthargia, from lēthargos forgetful, lethargic, irregular from lēthē Date: 14th century 1. abnormal drowsiness 2. the quality or state of being lazy, sluggish, or indifferent Synonyms: lethargy, languor, lassitude, stupor, torpor mean physical or mental inertness. lethargy implies such drowsiness or aversion to activity as is induced by disease, injury, or drugs <
months of lethargy followed my accident
. languor suggests inertia induced by an enervating climate or illness or love <
languor induced by a tropical vacation
. lassitude stresses listlessness or indifference resulting from fatigue or poor health <
a depression marked by lassitude
. stupor implies a deadening of the mind and senses by shock, narcotics, or intoxicants <
lapsed into an alcoholic stupor
. torpor implies a state of suspended animation as of hibernating animals but may suggest merely extreme sluggishness <
a once alert mind now in a torpor

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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