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[lang-ger] /ˈlæŋ gər/
lack of energy or vitality; sluggishness.
lack of spirit or interest; listlessness; stagnation.
physical weakness or faintness.
emotional softness or tenderness.
Origin of languor
1250-1300; < Latin (see languish, -or1); replacing Middle English langour sickness, woe < Old French < Latin Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for languor
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  • He suddenly saw Tom stir, and he came from his state of languor.

    The Scouts of the Valley Joseph A. Altsheler
  • Outside the door of the anaesthetizing-room Miss Harrison's languor vanished.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • The weariness of the long labour must often apologise for languor, where the claims of the matter are less importunate.

  • Moderation is the languor and sloth of the soul, Ambition its activity and heat.

    Reflections Francois Duc De La Rochefoucauld
  • A sickness was racking in every one of my bones, a languor and weariness creeping through my every fibre and muscle.

    Irish Fairy Tales James Stephens
  • No languor, no dull headache, no exhaustion, follows your experience.

    The Forest Stewart Edward White
  • He hated the languor and heat in which he was condemned to spend so much of each day.

    Jane Oglander Marie Belloc Lowndes
  • But languor at last overcame her, and she fell into gentle slumber.

  • So deep was the gloom, so paralyzing the languor, that at last she gave up all endeavor to utter words of prayer.

  • On waking in the morning we all p. 263experienced languor and lassitude.

    Memoirs Charles Godfrey Leland
British Dictionary definitions for languor


physical or mental laziness or weariness
a feeling of dreaminess and relaxation
oppressive silence or stillness
Word Origin
C14 langour, via Old French from Latin languor, from languēre to languish; the modern spelling is directly from Latin
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Word Origin and History for languor

c.1300, "disease, distress, mental suffering," from Old French langor "sickness, weakness" (Modern French langueur), from Latin languorem (nominative languor) "faintness, feebleness, lassitude," from languere "be weak or faint" (see lax). Sense shifted to "faintness, weariness" (1650s) and "habitual want of energy" (1825).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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