te·​di·​um | \ ˈtē-dē-əm How to pronounce tedium (audio) \

Definition of tedium

1 : the quality or state of being tedious : tediousness also : boredom
2 : a tedious period of time

Examples of tedium in a Sentence

The movie was three hours of tedium. I took a day off to relieve the tedium of work.
Recent Examples on the Web Set up like a mystery, the story unfolds in the tedium of a city council meeting, an apropos setting given the absurd, almost Shakespearean power struggles that play out in communities across the nation. chicagotribune.com, 20 Apr. 2022 The story’s deeper and sinister undercurrents creep along from the start, camouflaged in the tedium of process. Naveen Kumar, Variety, 17 Apr. 2022 Not as beauty to distract us from the crises of the world, because that feels pretty much impossible, but from the tedium of everyday? Rachel Tashjian, Harper's BAZAAR, 30 Apr. 2022 Through its process-heavy tedium, the trial brought into relief just the sort of journalism that deserves protection from crippling litigation. Washington Post, 13 Feb. 2022 Art opens our mental aperture and provides relief from the narrow tedium of will. Arthur C. Brooks, The Atlantic, 27 Jan. 2022 Rivera strived to portray indigenous Mexicans sympathetically, capturing them going about their daily lives, with all its tedium and strain. Judith H. Dobrzynski, WSJ, 4 June 2021 The pleasurable late-summer idyll of the first half, disrupted by occasional ripples of tension and jealousy, gives way to a curious mix of chaos and tedium. Justin Changfilm Critic, Los Angeles Times, 3 June 2022 Alice seems to believe that understanding Hsieh, and his devotion to making art and life one, will unlock some mystery about existence, the passage of time, and the aching tedium that defines her family life. Hua Hsu, The New Yorker, 29 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of tedium

1662, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for tedium

Latin taedium disgust, irksomeness, from taedēre to disgust, weary

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31 Jul 2022

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“Tedium.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tedium. Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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