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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
A few supremely well-staged set-pieces relieve the torpor, none more so than an exactingly composed introductory sequence that plunges the viewer into the rituals of an official banquet held in Zweig's honor by the Brazilian Foreign Ministry.
For a change, with a front approaching the atmosphere should show some signs of breaking out of the typical summer torpor that leads to upper-air doldrums.
Faster U.S. economic growth could offer a trans-Atlantic bailout to Europe’s exporters, and his tax- and regulation-cutting drive could even shake the Continent out of its policy torpor.
From adapting our diets to building igloos to wearing animal skins, Arctic communities have more than compensated for our inability to enter a winter-long torpor.
Some candidates are trying to shake the torpor with puzzling slogans, handmade three-dimensional signs and interactive exhibitions.
Another synonym, torpor, is rooted in the idea of numbness or sluggishness.
Today, Russian agriculture is gradually recovering from decades of communist-era torpor and post-Soviet chaos, thanks mainly to systematic state support for private farming over the past decade.
After strong growth from high commodity prices, Liberia's economy has slumped into torpor.
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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.
Origin and Etymology of torpor
First Known Use: 13th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonymsapathy, casualness, complacence, disinterestedness, disregard, incuriosity, incuriousness, insouciance, nonchalance, indifference, unconcern
Antonymsconcern, interest, regard
Related Wordshalfheartedness, lukewarmness, tepidity, tepidness; carelessness, heedlessness, recklessness, unawareness; lethargy, listlessness; aloofness, coldness, cool, detachment, dispassion; callosity, callousness, hard-heartedness, hardness, insensitivity; bloodlessness, impassiveness, impassivity, phlegm, stoicism, stolidity
Near Antonymsattention, attentiveness, awareness, conscientiousness, curiosity, heedfulness, keenness; sensitivity, warmheartedness; bias, partiality, prejudice; ardor, desire, fervency, passion, vehemence, warmth, zeal
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
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