languor


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lan·guor

 (lăng′gər, lăng′ər)
n.
1. Lack of physical or mental energy; listlessness: "the languor of the men, induced by the heat" (Herman Melville). See Synonyms at lethargy.
2. A dreamy, lazy, or sensual quality, as of expression: "the clarity of her complexion, the length and languor of her eyelashes" (Jhumpa Lahiri).
3. Oppressive stillness, especially of the air: the languor of a hot July afternoon.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin, from languēre, to be languid; see languish.]

lan′guor·ous adj.
lan′guor·ous·ly adv.
lan′guor·ous·ness n.

languor

(ˈlæŋɡə)
n
1. physical or mental laziness or weariness
2. a feeling of dreaminess and relaxation
3. oppressive silence or stillness
[C14 langour, via Old French from Latin languor, from languēre to languish; the modern spelling is directly from Latin]

lan•guor

(ˈlæŋ gər)

n.
1. lack of energy or vitality.
2. lack of spirit or interest.
[1250–1300; < Old French < Latin languor]

languor

- Any distressed condition, such as illness, sorrow, fatigue, etc.
See also related terms for illness.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.languor - a relaxed comfortable feeling
easiness, relaxation - a feeling of refreshing tranquility and an absence of tension or worry; "the easiness we feel when sleeping"
2.languor - a feeling of lack of interest or energy
apathy - an absence of emotion or enthusiasm
3.languor - inactivitylanguor - inactivity; showing an unusual lack of energy; "the general appearance of sluggishness alarmed his friends"
inertia, inactiveness, inactivity - a disposition to remain inactive or inert; "he had to overcome his inertia and get back to work"

languor

noun
2. (Literary) relaxation, laziness, sloth, drowsiness, sleepiness, indolence, dreaminess, lotus-eating She savoured the pleasant languor, the dreamy tranquillity.
3. stillness, silence, calm, hush, lull, oppressiveness a sleepy haven of rural languor

languor

noun
A deficiency in mental and physical alertness and activity:
Translations

languor

[ˈlæŋgəʳ] Nlanguidez f

languor

[ˈlæŋgər] nlangueur f

languor

n (= indolence)Trägheit f, → Schläfrigkeit f; (= weakness)Mattigkeit f, → Schlappheit f; (emotional) → Stumpfheit f, → Apathie f

languor

[ˈlæŋgəʳ] n (liter) → languore m
References in classic literature ?
Yet she had just sufficiently that touch of languor which puts one at one's ease, though indeed it was rather the languor of waiting for what was going to happen than the weariness of experience gone by.
A soft languor spread over her lovely features, but increased their Beauty--.
His eyes gathered in and reflected the light and languor of the summer day.
He wrote of old church music and the Alban Hills, and of the languor of incense and the charm of the streets by night, in the rain, when the pavements shone and the light of the street lamps was mysterious.
He was tall, thin, and wasted, with a slight stoop in the shoulders, a pale face, but somewhat blotchy, and disagreeably red about the eyelids, plain features, and a general appearance of languor and flatness, relieved by a sinister expression in the mouth and the dull, soulless eyes.
The rocks of the Spy-glass re-echoed it a score of times; the whole troop of marsh-birds rose again, darkening heaven, with a simultaneous whirr; and long after that death yell was still ringing in my brain, silence had re- established its empire, and only the rustle of the redescending birds and the boom of the distant surges disturbed the languor of the afternoon.
A languor of motion and speech, resulting from weakness, gave her a distinguished air which inspired respect.
The tranced ship indolently rolls; the drowsy trade winds blow; everything resolves you into languor.
She had been particularly unwell, however, suffering from headache to a degree, which made her aunt declare, that had the ball taken place, she did not think Jane could have attended it; and it was charity to impute some of her unbecoming indifference to the languor of illhealth.
The warm comfort of the blanket enveloped him and made a gentle languor.
And so, poor Hetty had got a face and a presence haunting her waking and sleeping dreams; bright, soft glances had penetrated her, and suffused her life with a strange, happy languor.
Although I could not avoid yielding in a great measure to the general languor, still at times I contrived to shake off the spell, and to appreciate the beauty of the scene around me.