What is it about bleakness and tedium that are so attractive, other than the fact that most people instinctively recoil from it?
He advised diners to flee “right back out the door … you will be spared an infinitely larger measure of tedium.”
Since I loathe the tedium of gym workouts, I take breaks for tennis with my eclectic group of tennis pals.
1660s, from Latin taedium "weariness, disgust," related to taedet "it is wearisome," and to taedere "to weary." Possible cognates are Old Church Slavonic tezo, Lithuanian tingiu "to be dull, be listless."