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boredom

[bawr-duh m, bohr-] /ˈbɔr dəm, ˈboʊr-/
noun
1.
the state of being bored; tedium; ennui.
Origin of boredom
1850-1855
1850-55; bore1+ -dom
Synonyms
dullness, doldrums, weariness.
Antonyms
excitement, diversion, amusement.
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  • But are they not also, to a great extent, frightened of themselves and running away from boredom?

  • Well, there will be no boredom at Dauvergne's if he ingratiates himself with actresses.

  • That unoccupied future, with the boredom of approaching old age, was a very nightmare to him.

    The Hidden Force Louis Couperus
  • Why, the moments of boredom, of weariness, of dissatisfaction.

    The Shadow-Line Joseph Conrad
  • He fled from the boredom of his home in Valenciennes, yet he died longing to return.

    Watteau C. Lewis Hind
British Dictionary definitions for boredom

boredom

/ˈbɔːdəm/
noun
1.
the state of being bored; tedium
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Word Origin and History for boredom
n.

"state of being bored," 1852, from bore (v.1) + -dom. It also has been employed in a sense "bores as a class" (1883) and "practice of being a bore" (1864, a sense properly belonging to boreism, 1833).

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