languorous


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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.

languorous

(ˈlæŋɡərəs)
adj
1. characterized by or producing languor
2. another word for languid
ˈlanguorously adv
ˈlanguorousness n

lan•guor•ous

(ˈlæŋ gər əs)

adj.
1. characterized by languor; languid.
2. inducing languor: languorous fragrance.
[1480–90]
lan′guor•ous•ly, adv.
lan′guor•ous•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.languorous - lacking spirit or liveliness; "a lackadaisical attempt"; "a languid mood"; "a languid wave of the hand"; "a hot languorous afternoon"
lethargic - deficient in alertness or activity; "bullfrogs became lethargic with the first cold nights"

languorous

adjective
Lacking energy and vitality or showing such a lack:
Translations

languorous

[ˈlæŋgərəs] ADJlánguido

languorous

[ˈlæŋgərəs] adjalangui(e)

languorous

adjträge, schläfrig; heatschläfrig, wohlig; feelingwohlig; musicschmelzend; rhythm, metregleitend, getragen; tone, voiceschläfrig; a languorous beautyeine schwüle Schönheit

languorous

[ˈlæŋgərəs] adj (liter) → languido/a
References in classic literature ?
The sun was low in the west, and the breeze soft and languorous that came up from the south, charged with the seductive odor of the sea.
The atmosphere beneath is languorous, and is so tinged with azure that what artists call the middle distance partakes also of that hue, while the horizon beyond is of the deepest ultramarine.
It entered into them, dreamy and languorous, weakening the fibres of resolution, suffusing the face of morality, or of judgment, with haze and purple mist.
Equally indolent were the motions of the Mosula youth as he drew his skiff beneath an overhanging limb of a great tree that leaned down to implant a farewell kiss upon the bosom of the departing water, caressing with green fronds the soft breast of its languorous love.
I closed my eyes in languorous ecstasy and waited, waited with beating heart.
He saw her standing there, amid the languorous shadows of August, pale with feeling, wide-eyed, trembling.
"You know you believe it all," said Lord Henry, looking at him with his dreamy languorous eyes.
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I would make him tell it to me again and again in the summers, when we came to Israel for languorous months, or the autumns he and my grandmother would spend in New York, where we had lived since I was a toddler.
Toronto-based singer/songwriter Ayo Leilani, who performs as Witch Prophet, opens her debut album The Golden Octave with a refrain that's part question, part challenge: "What if I told you/just who I was/would you feel more fearful/know what I'm capable of?" The line begins embedded within the album's haunting opening song "Loop," where Leilani's languorous voice layers on top of itself, sighing the words out in gentle entreaty until it repeats into the next song, "Time Traveler." Here, over a snaking, jazzy loop, the words come emphatically, duelling with guest singer Lido Pimienta in a way that's both hypnotic and commanding.
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Chekhov was an immensely funny writer, and his uniquely Russian sense of humor is arguably critical to justifying the odd cadences of his plots, which alternate between the languorous and the busy, between aimless circularity and melodrama.