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Examples of lethargic in a Sentence
- You'll need to move your lure as slowly as possible to tempt the lethargic fish into feeding … —Lenny Rudow, Boating, December 1997
- … became a drifter and for a time an alcoholic and finally lapsed into lethargic self-abasement. —Stanley Karnow, New York Times Book Review, 14 Oct. 1984
- The audience was cold and lethargic. It is true there were about fifty-seven applauses, but they were not roars of enthusiasm by any means. —Lady Bird Johnson 12 Jan. 1966, in A White House Diary, 1970
The patient is weak and lethargic.
a big meal always makes me feel lethargic and sleepy
Recent Examples of lethargic from the Web
Circumstances aside, the Christmas Day crowd in New York was a little lethargic through the first half.
Squad Call, Mapleridge Road: A rescue squad was called Dec. 26 for a boy, 15 who was lethargic and had labored breathing.
There, Little Buddy — who was now lethargic and suffering from a very high fever — was diagnosed with babesiosis, a deadly parasitic disease spread by ticks that was attacking Little Buddy’s red blood cells and making him severely anemic.
Swine become lethargic, lie down and die, usually after falling into a coma.
Instead, the Spartans came out looking lethargic and a bit dazed by the enormity of the stage.
In turn, Alabama exhibited more hustle and grit after putting forth what Johnson said was lethargic effort in the two games that preceded the resounding win over the Aggies.
By providing another one of those lethargic, lackluster efforts that has killed their chances at the Premier League.
The top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee berated lawyers for social media giants Facebook Inc., Twitter Inc. and Google Inc. for the companies' lethargic response to Russian interference in U.S. politics.
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Did You Know?
In Greek mythology, Lethe was the name of a river in the underworld that was also called the River of Unmindfulness or the River of Forgetfulness. Legend held that when someone died, he or she was given a drink of water from the river Lethe to forget all about his or her past life. Eventually this act of forgetting came to be associated with feelings of sluggishness, inactivity, or indifference. The name of the river and the word lethargic, as well as the related noun lethargy, all derive from lethe, Greek for forgetfulness.
Synonymsdull, inert, inactive, quiescent, sleepy, sluggish, torpid
Related Wordsambitionless, apathetic, indolent, languorous, lazy, lazyish, listless, shiftless, slack, slothful, sluggard, sluggardly; dormant, inanimate, motionless, resting, sedentary, static, still; dead; dopey (also dopy), drugged; asleep, drowsy, somnambulant; catatonic, comatose
Near Antonymsbusy, engaged, occupied, working; animated, bouncing, dynamic, energetic, kinetic, lively, peppy, perky, spirited, sprightly, springy, vigorous, vital, vivacious, zippy; assiduous, diligent, hardworking, industrious, sedulous
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