hebetude

noun
heb·​e·​tude | \ ˈhe-bə-ˌtüd How to pronounce hebetude (audio) , -ˌtyüd \

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hebetudinous \ ˌhe-​bə-​ˈtü-​dᵊn-​əs How to pronounce hebetude (audio) , -​ˈtyü-​ \ adjective

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Hebetude usually suggests mental dullness, often marked by laziness or torpor. As such, it was a good word for one Queenslander correspondent, who wrote in a letter to the editor of the Weekend Australian of "an epidemic of hebetude among young people who … are placing too great a reliance on electronic devices to do their thinking and remembering." Hebetude comes from Late Latin hebetudo, which means pretty much the same thing as our word. It is also closely related to the Latin word for "dull," hebes, which has extended meanings such as "obtuse," "doltish," and "stupid." Other hebe- words in English include hebetudinous ("marked by hebetude") and hebetate ("to make dull").

Examples of hebetude in a Sentence

faced with a class forever enveloped in a miasma of apathy and intellectual hebetude, the professor had little hope of kindling an interest in medieval European history
Recent Examples on the Web The leaden weight of an irremediable idleness descended upon General Feraud, who having no resources within himself sank into a state of awe-inspiring hebetude. Ruth Walker, The Christian Science Monitor, 7 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of hebetude

circa 1621, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hebetude

Late Latin hebetudo, from hebēre to be dull; akin to Latin hebes dull

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“Hebetude.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hebetude. Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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hebetude

noun
heb·​e·​tude | \ ˈheb-ə-ˌt(y)üd How to pronounce hebetude (audio) \

Medical Definition of hebetude

: the absence of mental alertness and affect (as in schizophrenia)

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