Definition of tedium in English:



mass noun
  • The state or quality of being tedious.

    ‘the tedium of car journeys’
    • ‘Jeffrey's memoir is, in the main, a work of numbing tedium, self-indulgent and lacking any sense of irony.’
    • ‘Other than the enjoyment of staying with family, it was an interesting experience of tedium, or rather of low expectations.’
    • ‘It's feral to the point of tedium - almost as tedious as the plod of the rhythm section.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The tedium sets in for two reasons, repetition and lack of interest.’
    • ‘It is a brave and safe new world in which technology has liberated humankind from tedium.’
    • ‘Here we give thanks to those inventions and products that have made our lives free from misery, barbarism and tedium.’
    • ‘For all of those moments, however, there are moments of tedium and mediocrity to sit through.’
    • ‘So, apart from the mind-numbing tedium of it all, what was wrong and what was the solution?’
    • ‘But really, these small successes were never enough to save me from the larger tedium of the evening.’
    • ‘The utter tedium of the actual games didn't stop everyone from feigning excitement over them.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘One can only imagine the sheer tedium of their school days and the constant humiliation they will have to endure in class.’
    • ‘But the real losers are the viewers who have to sit through two hours of uninterrupted tedium.’
    • ‘That means I have 4 hours of boredom and tedium whilst standing and getting sore feet ahead of me.’
    • ‘Is it tedium or is it the drawn out buildup to a perfect finish?’
    • ‘Who would have imagined that tedium could have such devastating effects on the environment?’
    • ‘So people eventually came in and the day developed into the same mind-numbing tedium that I've come to expect.’
    • ‘A library can provide the mind with nourishment, pleasure, yet prove a source of tedium and dismay.’
    • ‘A dancer attempts to run up the slope, but repeatedly slips down, to the point of tedium.’
    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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Mid 17th century: from Latin taedium, from taedere ‘be weary of’.