Definition of languor in English:



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

    ‘her whole being was pervaded by a dreamy languor’
    • ‘I quickly succumb to the languor and indolence that harks back to a more leisurely era.’
    • ‘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 windswept Yorkshire hills, the terraced houses, dappled woods and shadowy interiors, help convey a warm summer languor.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Not that the background was soft: Paisley Grammar School and Glasgow University would not exactly equip him with a look of effortless 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.’
    • ‘The clean lines and beautifully minimalist room was built for languor and comfort, yet the atmosphere was buttoned-up with a starched collar.’
    • ‘Her eyes, he wrote, ‘were of a tawny black, full of exotic languor and coaxing softness’.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘But even if population density is regarded as a reason for India's economic languor, it cannot be justified.’
    • ‘There's an enormous tension between indolence and languor.’
    • ‘For the non-appearance of satisfaction is suffering; the empty longing for a new desire is languor, boredom.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The nugget of a good album resides within the languor and the lassitude presented here.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A previously neutral note might gain an accent or portamento stress as the mood momentarily wakens into passion or leans into languor.’
    • ‘It is a taste for languor, the grotesque and the bizarre.’
    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.’
    • ‘Sometimes both the languor and the silence are overdone.’
    • ‘The sea breezes, the tropical languor, that old susegad, had conspired to make Goa an oriental fleshpot.’
    • ‘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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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.