exhaustion

noun
ex·​haus·​tion | \ ig-ˈzȯs-chən How to pronounce exhaustion (audio) \

Definition of exhaustion

: the act or process of exhausting : the state of being exhausted

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Examples of exhaustion in a Sentence

He worked to the point of complete exhaustion. the exhaustion of our natural resources

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Her mop period has been going strong for more than two years now with no sign of exhaustion. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Dorn Richards transforms humble mop heads into paintings and sculpture," 11 Jan. 2018 In a lesser writer’s hands, this change would be disappointing, even alienating, but Barnett makes the exhaustion of life on the road feel relatable. Amanda Petrusich, The New Yorker, "The Strange Poignancy of Courtney Barnett’s Minutiae," 14 May 2018 After long days of hard labor, beset with exhaustion and malnutrition, singers had to grapple with one of Verdi’s most demanding compositions. Bryony Clarke, WSJ, "The Concentration Camp Choir," 2 Aug. 2018 Just 30 miles from completing his solo journey across Antarctica, Worley suffered from exhaustion and dehydration out on the ice and was airlifted on Friday to a hospital in Punta Arenas, Chile. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "Explorer Dies Before He Completes Trek Across Antarctica," 25 Jan. 2016 After playing two hours of hockey at the Pilgrim Skating Arena in Hingham on Monday nights, Kevin Schiffman typically comes home, airs out all of his sweaty gear, grabs a water, and then falls into bed out of sheer exhaustion. Steve Annear, BostonGlobe.com, "#PutYourSticksOut: People are placing hockey sticks outside to remember young Canadians killed in crash," 10 Apr. 2018 The British and French were at the point of exhaustion after four years of constant slaughter, but Gen. John J. Pershing, commander of the American Expeditionary Force, wanted to turn the German retreat into a rout. Arthur Herman, WSJ, "The Danger of Rushing Into Peace," 11 Nov. 2018 One had been shot in the head and the other, an elderly woman, apparently died of exhaustion. Fox News, "Syrian forces press offensive despite IS threats to hostages," 31 July 2018 The type of exhaustion those with chronic illness deal with affects both the body and mind, often leaving us feeling weak and foggy. Caitlin Flynn, Allure, "7 Things You Shouldn't Say to Someone With a Chronic or Invisible Illness," 16 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of exhaustion

1615, in the meaning defined above

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exhaustion

noun

English Language Learners Definition of exhaustion

: the state of being extremely tired : the state of being exhausted
: the act of using all of something : the act of exhausting something

exhaustion

noun
ex·​haus·​tion | \ ig-ˈzȯs-chən How to pronounce exhaustion (audio) \

Kids Definition of exhaustion

1 : the condition of being very tired
2 : the act of using up completely exhaustion of a water supply

exhaustion

noun
ex·​haus·​tion | \ ig-ˈzȯs-chən How to pronounce exhaustion (audio) \

Medical Definition of exhaustion

1 : the act or process of exhausting : the state of being exhausted suffered from physical and mental exhaustion — see heat exhaustion
2 : neurosis following overstrain or overexertion especially in military combat

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exhaustion

noun
ex·​haus·​tion

Legal Definition of exhaustion

: the act or process of exhausting even after the exhaustion of direct appellate review— W. R. LaFave and J. H. Israel specifically : exhaustion of remedies

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