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Examples of torpor in a Sentence
The news aroused him from his torpor.
after a lifetime of setbacks, defeats, and failures, he could only greet the latest bad news with a resigned fatalism and dull torpor
Recent Examples of torpor from the Web
Maybe the president will quickly snap out of his torpor and either tell Jeff Sessions to fix his mess or jump onto the Senate GOP’s bid to stop the carnage.
In the video, which dropped Tuesday morning—just hours after the exuberance of Memorial Day barbecues finally faded into workweek torpor—a visibly pregnant Cardi shimmies down the block, adorned in jewel tones and copious statement jewelry.
But Puerto Rico’s economy has been feeble for years despite the rich diet of debt that, absent vigorous private investment, maintained the island in a recessionary torpor.
The narrowing gap between the two yields reflects investors’ confidence that the Fed will maintain its current pace of interest-rate increases despite continuing skepticism that growth will break out of its postcrisis torpor.
Equity options volume is off to a record start in 2018, according to a spokeswoman for the Options Clearing Corp., after years of torpor.
Some of the torpor is no doubt due to interruptions from planned or evolving building and expansion projects.
After years of torpor, growth in GDP in France should reach 2% in 2018.
Barry, by contrast, is so rooted in its hero’s emotional torpor that when the first episode segues into a zany scene with two Chechen gangsters, it’s jarring.
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Did You Know?
Our English word torpor looks the same and means the same thing as Latin torpor, from which it was borrowed into Middle English. It stems from the Latin verb torpēre, which means "to be sluggish or numb." "Torpor" first appeared in a 13th-century guide for religious recluses, where it referred to a spiritual or intellectual lethargy, but there is very little evidence of its use over next the 400 years. It began showing up again in the early 1600s in reference to both mental and physical sluggishness. The related adjective "torpid" (from the Latin adjective torpidus) entered the language in the 15th century.
Synonym Discussion of torpor
- months of lethargy followed my accident
- languor induced by a tropical vacation
- a depression marked by lassitude
- lapsed into an alcoholic stupor
- a once alert mind now in a torpor
TORPOR Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of torpor for English Language Learners
: a state of not being active and having very little energy
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