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Definition of tedium

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

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Examples of tedium in a Sentence

The movie was three hours of tedium. I took a day off to relieve the tedium of work.

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The Blurry Years unfolds almost as a collection of impressionistic scenes that capture nascent romance or summer tedium or ongoing crisis. The Atlantic, "What We’re Reading This Summer," 28 June 2019 But some said the automated tedium is getting to them. Drew Harwell, Washington Post, "As Walmart turns to robots, it’s the human workers who feel like machines," 7 June 2019 Charlotte Wilder takes a look at the anticipation and tedium of waiting in the stands on draft night. Charlotte Wilder, SI.com, "The Unbearable Tedium of Waiting to Hear Your Name Called at the NBA Draft," 22 June 2018 The solution: barges with itineraries that let sporty types exert themselves enough to fend off tedium. Sara Tucker, WSJ, "European Barge Cruises That Are Anything But Boring," 6 Sep. 2018 Was your childhood super dramatic and filled with onstage triumphs, heart-wrenching rejections, and that sort of thing—or filled with the tedium and boredom of rehearsals and practice and all that? Corey Seymour, Vogue, "Opera Star Isabel Leonard on Singing for Sesame Street, Dancing to Pitbull, And Performing for Ruth Bader Ginsburg at the Supreme Court," 1 Feb. 2019 Much like The Big Short, Vice does an admirable—at times miraculous—job of explaining the complicated and enlivening what in other hands would be mere tedium, all in the service of better informing the public. Corey Seymour, Vogue, "Should You See Adam McKay’s New Film, Vice?," 20 Dec. 2018 Just as the cloud freed many administrators from the day-to-day tedium of tending to Exchange servers and infrastructure like Domain Controllers, Microsoft Managed Desktop (MMD) could do the same for the corporate desktop. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Microsoft Managed Desktop lets Redmond handle your desktop devices," 17 Sep. 2018 After a long period of tedium and frustration, England were given a scoring opportunity in the form of a free kick just before the 70 minute mark. SI.com, "Tunisia 1-2 England: Injury Time Harry Kane Header Sees Off Tunisia in England's World Cup Opener," 18 June 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of tedium

somewhat formal : the quality or state of being tedious or boring

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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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