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languor

[lang-ger] /ˈlæŋ gər/
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
1250-1300; < Latin (see languish, -or1); replacing Middle English langour sickness, woe < Old French < Latin
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British Dictionary definitions for languor

languor

/ˈlæŋɡə/
noun
1.
physical or mental laziness or weariness
2.
a feeling of dreaminess and relaxation
3.
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
n.

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).

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