One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The state of being dull or lethargic.‘after convalescence I would probably fall back into hebetude’
lethargy, inertia, listlessness, lack of energy, lifelessness, inactivity, inaction, slowness, languor, languidness, torpor, torpidity, dullness, heaviness, apathy, passivity, weariness, tiredness, lassitude, fatigue, sleepiness, drowsiness, enervation, somnolence, laziness, idleness, indolence, sloth, slothfulnessView synonyms
- ‘There is a partial insensibility of the skin, and so great a hebetude of the intellectual faculties, as to be like a person half asleep, that is with difficulty aroused and kept awake.’
- ‘As the professor droned on and on in the overheated lecture hall, Kim was overcome with such hebetude that she had to fight to keep her eyes open.’
- ‘The inept mayor's re-election would depend entirely on the hebetude of the townspeople, he thought.’
- ‘So you think you are saving yourselves from madness, but you are falling into mediocrity, into hebetude.’
- ‘It had only been twenty minutes into the lesson when Jenny soon found herself being pulled into an inescapable state of hebetude.’
Early 17th century: from late Latin hebetudo, from hebes, hebet- ‘blunt’.
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