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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
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.
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.
Then as now, rumblings broke out at a time of equity torpor, with the VIX dipping below 10 and markets acting immune to all kinds of risk.
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.
U.S. stocks have shaken off the torpor that marked much of January.
The big events of the fight against apartheid — the Sharpeville massacre, the Soweto uprising, the death of Steve Biko, Mandela’s release after 27 years in prison — arrive on cue but don’t rouse the series from its 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.
The opening piece was hectic and clangorous; after that, torpor set in.
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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
TORPOR Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of torpor for English Language Learners
: a state of not being active and having very little energy
medical Definition of torpor
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