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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
Word: After some lethargic non-conference performances including that monumental season-opening collapse in a 45-44 loss at UCLA, the Aggies have gotten a measure of respect back by winning three of their first four SEC games.
That began the ascent, after a lethargic first quarter where the Aztecs recorded just 39 yards of offense — 33 coming on a broken coverage pass completion that Penny turned into a touchdown.
But the dismally lethargic target of the takeover, the WASP-y mill owner Thomas Everson Jr. (Rick Holmes) is no sentimental George Bailey.
The Colts fell to 2-6 Sunday, losing 24-23 to a Bengals team whose offense entered the game with worse averages than even the Colts’ lethargic unit.
Sego lost weight and felt lethargic, and his grades suffered.
The goal is especially welcome to the Americans in Couva, where Alvin Jones’s screamer of a shot has just put Trinidad and Tobago ahead by 2-0 over a lethargic, and now extremely nervous, United States.
He was found to have spiked water bottles with tranquilisers that made the Cremonese team tired and lethargic.
My post-breakup sadness was complemented nicely with spells of depression that rendered me lethargic and unable to move.
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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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