lan·​guor | \ ˈlaŋ-gər How to pronounce languor (audio) also -ər \

Definition of languor

1 : weakness or weariness of body or mind the languor of convalescence
2 : listless indolence or inertia languor brought on by a hot summer afternoon

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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

Examples of languor in a Sentence

They enjoyed the languor brought on by a hot summer afternoon. They felt an indefinable languor.
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First Known Use of languor

1646, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for languor

Middle English, from Anglo-French langur, from Latin languor, from languēre

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The first known use of languor was in 1646

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“Languor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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