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

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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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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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13 Jun 2021

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“Tedium.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tedium. Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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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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