languor

[lang-ger]
noun
1.
lack of energy or vitality; sluggishness.
2.
lack of spirit or interest; listlessness; stagnation.
3.
physical weakness or faintness.
4.
emotional softness or tenderness.

Origin:
1250–1300; < Latin (see languish, -or1); replacing Middle English langour sickness, woe < Old French < Latin

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languor (ˈlæŋɡə)
 
n
1.  physical or mental laziness or weariness
2.  a feeling of dreaminess and relaxation
3.  oppressive silence or stillness
 
[C14 langour, via Old French from Latin languor, from languēre to languish; the modern spelling is directly from Latin]

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languor
c.1300, "disease, distress, mental suffering," from O.Fr. languor, from L. languorem (nom. languor) "faintness, feebleness, lassitude," from languere "be weak or faint" (see lax). Sense shifted to "faintness, weariness" (1650s) and "habitual want of energy" (1825). Related: Languorous.
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Aristocratic languor, critics thought, made him too diffident sometimes on the field.
Ceiling fans spin slowly overhead in the tropical languor.
But sinks in dew-dropt languor in the immortal race.
Perhaps he stood in order to avoid the temptation to languor on any decision.
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