Definition of languor in English:

languor

noun

mass noun
  • 1Tiredness or inactivity, especially when pleasurable.

    ‘her whole being was pervaded by a dreamy languor’
    • ‘The nugget of a good album resides within the languor and the lassitude presented here.’
    • ‘There's an enormous tension between indolence and languor.’
    • ‘I quickly succumb to the languor and indolence that harks back to a more leisurely era.’
    • ‘For the non-appearance of satisfaction is suffering; the empty longing for a new desire is languor, boredom.’
    • ‘With its lines of dialogue being few and far between, and its long, vast shots of the golden deserts and the cold white mountains, the film can be accused of languor, and even self-indulgence, at moments.’
    • ‘The hedonistic pleasures of languor and warmth - going lightly dressed, swimming in balmy seas at dusk, talking and drinking under the stars - are just as appealing.’
    • ‘He insinuates a languor of sun-mist and lustre into his modish Arcadia: a region of roses, felicitously painted, and ruins sketched on his Italian journeys, all against the backdrops of the opera-ballets of his time.’
    • ‘The clean lines and beautifully minimalist room was built for languor and comfort, yet the atmosphere was buttoned-up with a starched collar.’
    • ‘My truck doesn't have sports-car driving dynamics but it has a kind of authoritative languor about it, just kind of suavely rolling along.’
    • ‘It is a taste for languor, the grotesque and the bizarre.’
    • ‘The windswept Yorkshire hills, the terraced houses, dappled woods and shadowy interiors, help convey a warm summer languor.’
    • ‘But even if population density is regarded as a reason for India's economic languor, it cannot be justified.’
    • ‘Palmer grounds further mistrust in an awareness of the late hour of language, in anxiety regarding its itinerant languor and lapse, its reflecting gaze having decayed.’
    • ‘Adolescent languor returns too, and a slower pace of life: lazing around all day talking, laughing, listening to music, skulking around so as not to get caught by adults.’
    • ‘Her eyes, he wrote, ‘were of a tawny black, full of exotic languor and coaxing softness’.’
    • ‘Not that the background was soft: Paisley Grammar School and Glasgow University would not exactly equip him with a look of effortless languor.’
    • ‘Yeats is prepared to try out the latest poetic fashions - Pre-Raphaelite languor with its confiscation of medieval surfaces, desacralised and airbrushed with momentary desire.’
    • ‘Yet why not hope for a change in appetite, why not hope that vulnerability, doubt, languor, even feyness, might find a mass market once again?’
    • ‘A previously neutral note might gain an accent or portamento stress as the mood momentarily wakens into passion or leans into languor.’
    • ‘Discussion of a common foreign and defence policy - an even more leisurely and circular debate than that on human rights and sovereignty - can never have the same fine careless languor it had before.’
    lassitude, lethargy, listlessness, tiredness, torpor, fatigue, weariness
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  • 2An oppressive stillness of the air.

    ‘the afternoon was hot, quiet, and heavy with languor’
    • ‘Everything seems to billow, there are clouds of this and drifts of that, totally in harmony with the languor of a drowsy summer day.’
    • ‘The sea breezes, the tropical languor, that old susegad, had conspired to make Goa an oriental fleshpot.’
    • ‘Sometimes both the languor and the silence are overdone.’
    • ‘The dreamy peace of a quiet anchorage took possession of us, deepened by the languor of the tropics.’
    stillness, tranquillity, calm, calmness, lull, silence, windlessness, oppressiveness, heaviness
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Origin

Middle English: via Old French from Latin, from languere (see languish). The original sense was ‘illness, distress’, later ‘faintness, lassitude’; current senses date from the 18th century, when such lassitude became associated with a romantic yearning.

Pronunciation

languor

/ˈlaŋɡə/