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The condition of being bored; ennui.
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the state of being bored; tedium
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(ˈbɔr dəm, ˈboʊr-)

the state of being bored.
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 bores collectively, 1883.
Example: boredom of briefs [modern pun on legal briefs].
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  1. Bored as Greta Garbo —Alice McDermott
  2. Boredom enveloped her like heavy bedding —Yukio Mishima
  3. Boredom … like a cancer in the breast —Evelyn Waugh
  4. Boredom, like hookworm, is endemic —Beryl Markham
  5. Boredom wafted from her like the scent of stale sweat —Anon
  6. Boredom was increasing … like a silent animal sadly rubbing itself against the sultry grass —Yukio Mishima
  7. Bore me the same as watching an industrial training film, or hearing a lecture on the physics of the three-point stance —Richard Ford
  8. Boring as airline food —Anon
  9. Boring as going to the toilet —Sylvia Plath
  10. Boring, like reading the Life Cycle of the Hummingbird —Dan Wakefield
  11. Could feel his boredom like an actual presence, like a big German shepherd that must be fed and restrained —Marge Piercy
  12. Life’s tedious as a twice-told tale —William Shakespeare

    This famous simile also appeared in Homer’s Odyssey in the format of a question, “What’s so tedious as a twice-told tale?.”

  13. Yawns [caused by a dull discussion] inflated in his throat like balloons —Derek Lambert
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cut and dried See SIMPLIFICATION.

dry-as-dust Boring, extremely dull or dry; prosaic, unimaginative; concerned with petty, uninteresting details. Dr. Dryasdust is the name of a fictitious character created by Sir Walter Scott in the early 19th century. The Doctor, a learned antiquary, wrote the introductory material or was mentioned in the prefaces to Scott’s novels. Currently, adjectival use of the term is most common.

She considered political economy as a dry-as-dust something outside the circle of her life. (Mary E. Braddon, Just as I am, 1880)

a month of Sundays See DURATION.

the screaming meemies See ANXIETY.

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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.boredom - the feeling of being bored by something tediousboredom - the feeling of being bored by something tedious
dissatisfaction - the feeling of being displeased and discontent; "he was never slow to express his dissatisfaction with the service he received"
blahs - a general feeling of boredom and dissatisfaction
fatigue - (always used with a modifier) boredom resulting from overexposure to something; "he was suffering from museum fatigue"; "after watching TV with her husband she had a bad case of football fatigue"; "the American public is experiencing scandal fatigue"; "political fatigue"
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noun tedium, apathy, doldrums, weariness, monotony, dullness, sameness, ennui, flatness, world-weariness, tediousness, irksomeness He had given up attending lectures out of sheer boredom.
interest, entertainment, excitement, amusement, stimulation
"Boredom: the desire for desires" [Leo Tolstoy Anna Karenina]
"Boredom is a sign of satisfied ignorance, blunted apprehension, crass sympathies, dull understanding, feeble powers of attention and irreclaimable weakness of character" [James Bridie Mr. Bolfry]
"One can be bored until boredom becomes the most sublime of all emotions" [Logan Pearsall Smith Afterthoughts]
"Boredom is...a vital problem for the moralist, since half the sins of mankind are caused by the fear of it" [Bertrand Russell The Conquest of Happiness]
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The condition of being bored:
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سَأْممَلَلٌ، ضَجَرٌمللّ
nudadlouhá chvíle
sự buồn tẻ


[ˈbɔːdəm] Naburrimiento m
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[ˈbɔːrdəm] nennui m
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nLang(e)weile f; (= boringness)Stumpfsinn m, → Langweiligkeit f; with a look of utter boredom on his facemit einem völlig gelangweilten Gesichtsausdruck
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[ˈbɔːdəm] nnoia
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(boː) verb
to make (someone) feel tired and uninterested, by being dull etc. He bores everyone with stories about his travels.
a dull, boring person or thing.
ˈboredom noun
the state of being bored.
ˈboring adjective
a boring job; This book is boring.
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سَأْم nuda kedsomhed Langeweile ανία aburrimiento tylsyys ennui dosada noia 退屈 지루함 verveling kjedsomhet nuda tédio скука långtråkighet ความเบื่อ can sıkıntısı sự buồn tẻ 厌倦
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n. fastidio, aburrimiento.
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References in classic literature ?
Such boredom, my dear, that one doesn't know what to do with oneself."
His officers affected a superiority over the rest of us, but the boredom of their souls appeared in their manner of dreary submission to the fads of their commander.
If, seized by an intolerable boredom, he had determined to be a painter merely to break with irksome ties, it would have been comprehensible, and commonplace; but commonplace is precisely what I felt he was not.
The result of the varieties of boredom I have undergone, is a conviction
To him there was no romance in his gorgeous career, no deeds of daring, no thrills--nothing but a gray sameness and infinite boredom.
None will ever be a true Parisian who has not learned to wear a mask of gaiety over his sorrows and one of sadness, boredom or indifference over his inward joy.
The dead languages were taught with such thoroughness that an old boy seldom thought of Homer or Virgil in after life without a qualm of boredom; and though in the common room at dinner one or two bolder spirits suggested that mathematics were of increasing importance, the general feeling was that they were a less noble study than the classics.
Prince Andrew watched the commander in chief's face attentively, and the only expression he could see there was one of boredom, curiosity as to the meaning of the feminine whispering behind the door, and a desire to observe propriety.
And now, pale and cold, the man who had gripped his fingers then and held on to them like a vise, seemed to find nothing except a slight boredom in this unexpected meeting.
I am sure that all his muscular person must have suffered from awful physical boredom; but he did not attempt to charm it away by conversation.
Such a monkey trick looks like mere madness, but I suppose he was mad, partly with the boredom of watching over what he felt was a fraud, though he couldn't prove it.
My private belief is that she couldn't face the boredom. At any rate that's what Augusta and my daughters-in-law think.