languor

noun lan·guor \ ˈlaŋ-gər 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

Examples of languor in a Sentence

  1. They enjoyed the languor brought on by a hot summer afternoon.

  2. They felt an indefinable languor.

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Origin and Etymology of languor

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

Synonym Discussion of languor

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

LANGUOR Defined for English Language Learners

languor

noun

Definition of languor for English Language Learners

  • : a state of feeling tired and relaxed



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