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.
Recent Examples on the Web The couch meant languor, stagnation and self-loathing. Alli Harvey, Anchorage Daily News, "During a pandemic, a big fitness goal is staying grounded and feeling normal," 2 May 2020 Where the summer anthem has remained an inflexible proposition—fossilized into the nation’s collective memory during a period of intense languor, defined mostly by an appetite for maximalism—fall is best described as a mood. Wired, "The 7 Must-Listen Songs for Autumn," 15 Oct. 2019 August, for all its languor, is the urgent beginning of the end. Mary Schmich,, "Column: Jump in the lake. Catch a firefly. Eat breakfast outdoors. It’s not too late to enjoy summer.," 2 Aug. 2019 Not too long ago, this small seaside city had the languor of a sleepy beach town. Sanjay Surana, WSJ, "Cambodia: The Chicest New Beach Destination in Asia," 15 Jan. 2019 Moments like that, in which semi-surreal details are happened upon rather than contrived, demonstrate Van Sant at his most easeful, and the languor is sustained by Jonah Hill, as Donnie, a rich and sickly soul who becomes John’s A.A. sponsor. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "Gus Van Sant’s Semi-Surreal “Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot”," 13 July 2018 Summer is a time of intense languor, a period that offers unrivaled ubiquity. Jason Parham, WIRED, "Childish Gambino and the Search for the Summer Anthem," 12 July 2018 All of which is to say that, given the resemblances between past and present, languor and doubt on the part of Resistance-minded artists don’t seem strange. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Can Protest Art Get Its Mojo Back?," 7 May 2018 He was born in Israel to parents of Moroccan and Yemeni descent, and his songwriting often balances desert languor with cosmopolitan urgency. Giovanni Russonello, New York Times, "March in Live Jazz: 5 Standout Shows," 30 Mar. 2018

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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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12 May 2020

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“Languor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of languor

literary : a state of feeling tired and relaxed

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