Definition of tedium in English:

tedium

noun

mass noun
  • The state or quality of being tedious.

    ‘the tedium of car journeys’
    • ‘A dancer attempts to run up the slope, but repeatedly slips down, to the point of tedium.’
    • ‘Who would have imagined that tedium could have such devastating effects on the environment?’
    • ‘Jeffrey's memoir is, in the main, a work of numbing tedium, self-indulgent and lacking any sense of irony.’
    • ‘After the sheer tedium of a disastrous relationship with a well known record company, the guys have taken to playing gigs for free in local pubs.’
    • ‘Other than the enjoyment of staying with family, it was an interesting experience of tedium, or rather of low expectations.’
    • ‘One can only imagine the sheer tedium of their school days and the constant humiliation they will have to endure in class.’
    • ‘That means I have 4 hours of boredom and tedium whilst standing and getting sore feet ahead of me.’
    • ‘The utter tedium of the actual games didn't stop everyone from feigning excitement over them.’
    • ‘But the real losers are the viewers who have to sit through two hours of uninterrupted tedium.’
    • ‘The tedium sets in for two reasons, repetition and lack of interest.’
    • ‘It's feral to the point of tedium - almost as tedious as the plod of the rhythm section.’
    • ‘Here we give thanks to those inventions and products that have made our lives free from misery, barbarism and tedium.’
    • ‘Is it tedium or is it the drawn out buildup to a perfect finish?’
    • ‘But really, these small successes were never enough to save me from the larger tedium of the evening.’
    • ‘So people eventually came in and the day developed into the same mind-numbing tedium that I've come to expect.’
    • ‘So, apart from the mind-numbing tedium of it all, what was wrong and what was the solution?’
    • ‘It is a brave and safe new world in which technology has liberated humankind from tedium.’
    • ‘Of course you always try and ignore it and snooze on, but sooner or later your eyes are open and the horror and tedium of real life await.’
    • ‘For all of those moments, however, there are moments of tedium and mediocrity to sit through.’
    • ‘A library can provide the mind with nourishment, pleasure, yet prove a source of tedium and dismay.’
    monotony, monotonousness, tediousness, dullness, boredom, ennui, uneventfulness, lack of variety, lack of variation, lack of interest, lack of excitement, sameness, unchangingness, uniformity, routineness, humdrumness, dreariness, mundaneness, wearisomeness, tiresomeness, dryness, aridity, lifelessness, colourlessness, featurelessness, slowness, banality, vapidity, insipidity, blandness, prosaicness, jejuneness
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Origin

Mid 17th century: from Latin taedium, from taedere ‘be weary of’.

Pronunciation

tedium

/ˈtiːdɪəm/