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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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 The result is as straightforward an account of the sordid tedium of gang life as exists anywhere. Jill Leovy, New York Times, "The Killers of the ‘Sex Money Murder’ Gang and the Cops Who Went After Them," 1 June 2018 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

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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

: the quality or state of being tedious or boring

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