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1. A state of mental or physical inactivity or insensibility.
2. Lethargy; apathy. See Synonyms at lethargy.
3. The dormant, inactive state of a hibernating or estivating animal.

[Latin, from torpēre, to be stiff; see ster- in Indo-European roots.]

tor′po·rif′ic (-pə-rĭf′ĭk) adj.
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(7) Monied modern society, in contradistinction to an equal, agrarian republic, permits the rise of a 'desire of profit' and a 'luxury' which exert a torporific and laxative spell on the people, making them ignorant, narrow, dependent and greedy.