23 June 2009


For Walker:



–noun, plural -gies.
1. the quality or state of being drowsy and dull, listless and unenergetic, or indifferent and lazy; apathetic or sluggish inactivity.

It comes from the French, which came from the Latin, which came from the Greek lēthārgos, forgetful, which is actually broken down into lēthē, forgetfulness + ārgos, idle.
Some synonyms with precise connotations:

  • Lethargy is a state of sluggishness, drowsy dullness or apathy
  • Lassitude implies weariness or diminished energy such as might result from physical or mental strain
  • Torpor and torpidity suggest the suspension of activity characteristic of an animal in hibernation
  • Stupor is often produced by the effects of alcohol or narcotics; it suggests a benumbed or dazed state of mind
  • Languor is the indolence typical of one who is satiated by a life of luxury or pleasure

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