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
Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar has shaken his ministry out of nearly a decade of lethargy.
The studies were conducted in seven countries between 1962 and 2009 and used various definitions of tiredness, including unbearable fatigue, weariness, lethargy, malaise and feeling knackered, run down and in need of a tonic.
The uprisings of the Arab Spring erupted from widespread frustrations with stagnant, autocratic politics and economic lethargy.
Some can be explained by injury or illness or lethargy.
But the girls struggled with lethargy, chronic exhaustion, and, sometimes, depression.
Despite the Charm City's comeuppance in the restaurant world, Ray Lewis and company will be working around the dinnertime kickoff, lest the whole lethargy thing kick in.
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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 century
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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