Definition of lethargy
1 : abnormal drowsiness
2 : the quality or state of being lazy, sluggish, or indifferent
Examples of lethargy in a Sentence
However, on arrival, a mysterious illness had debilitated Darcus Bowden. An illness that no doctor could find any physical symptoms of, but which manifested itself in the most incredible lethargy, creating in Darcus … a lifelong affection for the dole, the armchair, and British television. —Zadie Smith, White Teeth, 2001
Warming himself ever so briefly had shaken away the lethargy and resignation and restored his will to survive. —Lois Lowry, The Giver, 1993
Dick Gale drew a long, deep breath. A coldness, a lethargy, an indifference that had weighed upon him for months had passed out of his being. —Zane Grey, Desert Gold, 1913
Then it occurred to me that I had shut the window before I had come to bed. I would have got out to make certain on the point, but some leaden lethargy seemed to chain my limbs and even my will. —Bram Stoker, Dracula, 1897
St. Clare knew this well; and often, in many a weary hour, he heard that slender, childish voice calling him to the skies, and saw that little hand pointing to him the way of life; but a heavy lethargy of sorrow lay on him,—he could not arise. —Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tom's Cabin, 1852
Symptoms of the disease include loss of appetite and lethargy.
I snapped out of my lethargy and began cleaning the house.
Recent Examples of lethargy from the Web
Inside 66,400 square feet of prime London real estate employees sit under a vast glass ceiling, retiring to a full-scale cinema and music room when lethargy strikes.
The cool waters always magically dissolved the blankets of lethargy that collected during the day.
Well aware of Lacey's troubled reputation, Carine attempts to lend support by befriending Bill, who's flattered by the attention and starts to emerge from his chronic lethargy.
In women, the incidence of sleep apnea increases after menopause, which means people with the ailment may believe their sudden lethargy is due to other changes.
The initial 40 minutes left much to be desired, but Opara broke the lethargy in the 43rd minute.
About 80 percent of infected dogs show symptoms, which include high fever, loss of appetite, nasal discharge and lethargy.
Veterinarians say dogs suspected of having the flu – symptoms include coughing, fever, lethargy and nasal discharge –
Heavy panting, a dark red tongue, drooling, vomiting and lethargy are some of signs that a dog may be dangerously overheated, reports PetMD.com.
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Origin and Etymology of lethargy
Middle English litargie, from Medieval Latin litargia, from Late Latin lethargia, from Greek lēthargia, from lēthargos forgetful, lethargic, irregular from lēthē
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of lethargy
LETHARGY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of lethargy for English Language Learners
: a lack of energy or a lack of interest in doing things : a lethargic feeling or state
Medical Definition of lethargy
1: abnormal drowsiness
2: the quality or state of being lazy, sluggish, or indifferent
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