hebetude

noun heb·e·tude \ ˈhe-bə-ˌtüd , -ˌtyüd \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of hebetude

hebetudinous

play \ˌhe-bə-ˈtü-dᵊn-əs, -ˈtyü-\ adjective

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Examples of hebetude in a Sentence

  1. 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

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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").

Origin and Etymology of hebetude

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


Medical Dictionary

hebetude

noun heb·e·tude \ ˈheb-ə-ˌt(y)üd \

medical Definition of hebetude

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


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