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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Despite these occasional moments of tedium, however, the film is at once chilling and likely to make your blood boil. Michael Sullivan, Houston Chronicle, "Documentary ‘Aquarela’ is a beautifully terrifying immersion," 29 Aug. 2019 Still, the inevitable August tedium included Friday night’s shindig at MetLife Stadium. Dan Wiederer, chicagotribune.com, "The Bears — with every starter sitting out and Kyle Long left behind — fall short in a preseason loss to the Giants," 17 Aug. 2019 Forms of boredom That said, not all types of tedium are created equal. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "To be your most interesting self, get good at being bored," 10 Aug. 2019 So on behalf of all math teachers, please excuse us for drilling your younger selves on this tedium. Steven Strogatz, New York Times, "The Math Equation That Tried to Stump the Internet," 2 Aug. 2019 Sounds very chaotic, leading nowhere good in the long run except perhaps to repetition and tedium. Matthew Gilbert, BostonGlobe.com, "Week in watching: ‘Good Place’ ending in a good place, crime with a Boston accent, the games people play," 9 June 2019 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

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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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