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[bawr-duh m, bohr-] /ˈbɔr dəm, ˈboʊr-/
the state of being bored; tedium; ennui.
Origin of boredom
1850-55; bore1+ -dom
dullness, doldrums, weariness.
excitement, diversion, amusement. Unabridged
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  • The continental model encourages less work at the cost of boredom.
  • But that's no excuse for allowing our attention to waver or letting boredom get the better of us at any stage of the process.
  • Intended to maintain calm, the ordinance succeeded in enforcing boredom.
  • My opinion: people drink in excess due to loneliness, boredom and/or escapism.
  • Consumerism is installed in communities living on subsistence and boredom abounds in affluent societies.
  • There is plenty of summer vacation season left on the calendar, and boredom may already be settling in around the house.
  • Avoid staying in bed for long periods of time while awake, or going to bed because of boredom.
  • His motivation as a teacher was that he loved what he taught and wanted others to find more than boredom in his field.
  • Most casual visitors will swear time has stopped dead, that the only thing growing faster than the wheat is boredom.
  • In addition, intelligent people tend to pursue new, stimulating experiences to stave off boredom.
British Dictionary definitions for boredom


the state of being bored; tedium
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Word Origin and History for boredom

"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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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