tedium

noun
te·di·um | \ˈtē-dē-əm \

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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There's a tedium to the sort of repetition that merely rehashes and recycles the same wink-wink barbs that worked the first time around — but also a relatable, even pitiable humanity in the film's desperation to be liked. Jen Yamato, latimes.com, "Snark conquers all in 'Deadpool 2,' a superhero sequel that's more of the same," 15 May 2018 The excruciating pain of waiting gets worse as the tedium intensifies. Charlotte Wilder, SI.com, "The Unbearable Tedium of Waiting to Hear Your Name Called at the NBA Draft," 22 June 2018 Katz doesn’t address time’s terrors — claustrophobic deadlines, aging and mortality, tedium. Cate Mcquaid, BostonGlobe.com, "Flattening time’s tides; a ‘Maid’ made in the shade," 30 May 2018 But these systems can reduce driver fatigue on long trips or ease the tedium of slow-and-go freeway traffic. Jason Kavanagh, Edmunds, USA TODAY, "Edmunds takes closer look at Tesla, Cadillac and Nissan semi-autonomous driving systems," 17 May 2018 As though to escape his tedium, Burrows keeps bringing Boris on stage. Hugh Hunter, Philly.com, "'Can-Can' at Broadway Pitman: Energetic, with great song and dance, but dated," 30 Apr. 2018 Hausner depicts the experience of upper-class women in pre-democratic Germany as utter tedium, a never-ending series of overcomplicated social conventions that allow for no spontaneity (let alone independent thought). Patrick Friel, Chicago Reader, "Books / Film / Foreign / History / On Video / Poetry Five literary biopics whose pictures are worth a thousand words," 30 May 2018 But these systems can reduce driver fatigue on long trips or ease the tedium of slow-and-go freeway traffic. Jason Kavanagh, Edmunds, USA TODAY, "Edmunds takes closer look at Tesla, Cadillac and Nissan semi-autonomous driving systems," 17 May 2018 Such as: •The exasperating tedium of instant replay. Bruce Jenkins, San Francisco Chronicle, "Baseball’s ‘pace of play’ adjustments miss the point," 20 Feb. 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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tedium

noun

English Language Learners Definition of tedium

: the quality or state of being tedious or boring

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