One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A lack of energy and enthusiasm.‘periods of weakness and lethargy’in singular ‘she might have sunk into a lethargy’
sluggishness, inertia, inactivity, inaction, slowness, torpor, torpidity, lifelessness, dullness, listlessness, languor, languidness, stagnation, laziness, idleness, indolence, shiftlessness, sloth, phlegm, apathy, passivity, ennui, weariness, tiredness, lassitude, fatigue, sleepiness, drowsiness, enervation, somnolence, narcosisView synonyms
- ‘In spite of the general lethargy of teenagers, surveys show that most adolescents would like to be fitter.’
- ‘Feelings of lethargy and fatigue are creeping into my being.’
- ‘A large meal before or during a flight will cause lethargy making it more difficult to cope with jet lag.’
- ‘Pardon my lethargy and lack of imagination as I continue my romp through our holiday snaps.’
- ‘Thankfully, I should soon be reaching the stage when the nausea and lethargy subside and I gain a bit more energy.’
- ‘However, today may be slow on the updates - there's a distinct air of lethargy about the place.’
- ‘The first half was marked by total lethargy and an almost complete lack of chances.’
- ‘I have sudden surges of energy and productivity, or lethargy and napping.’
- ‘Even worse, only a few people had picked it up, and when I shook off daylight savings lethargy at 1pm to get a copy, the display stand was still full.’
- ‘Better marketing techniques could help in overcoming this lethargy, and creating a bigger market, they point out.’
- ‘A typical Scottish fry-up will send them back into sluggish lethargy.’
- ‘During the day, if heating is set too high, it can induce lethargy, poor concentration and fatigue.’
- ‘I'm getting a little concerned with my total lethargy.’
- ‘He was particularly upset with police lethargy and lack of enough vehicles for night patrolling.’
- ‘There is a tendency towards slouching rather than an upright composure and overall there may be a sense of lethargy or a lack of vitality.’
- ‘Running on pure nervous energy, he was caught in the temporary lethargy that comes after great effort.’
- ‘The chorus has that air of resigned lethargy and torpor which regularly lowers over those with little or no hope.’
- ‘A good breakfast is important for refilling our energy stores, keeping lethargy at bay during the morning hours.’
- ‘The end result is a state of lethargy interspaced with bursts of frantic energy.’
- ‘The heat was swelling as the morning ticked on, filling the air with lethargy.’
- 1.1Medicine A pathological state of sleepiness or deep unresponsiveness and inactivity.
- ‘Monitor for clinical symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, lethargy, edema, jaundice, and seizure breakthrough.’
- ‘Symptoms include nausea, vomiting, lethargy and indifference.’
- ‘Symptoms include vomiting, lethargy and frequently coma.’
- ‘Symptoms include lethargy and disorientation, as well as life-threatening seizures and respiratory distress.’
- ‘Some of the other side effects of the strong pain medications include confusion, lethargy and sleepiness.’
Late Middle English: via Old French from late Latin lethargia, from Greek lēthargia, from lēthargos ‘forgetful’, from the base of lanthanesthai ‘forget’.
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