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[tee-dee-uh m] /ˈti di əm/
the quality or state of being wearisome; irksomeness; tediousness.
Origin of tedium
1655-65; < Latin taedium
monotony, sameness, dullness. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for tedium
  • Scientists are arguing that tedium is good for your brain.
  • They will experience the short school day and housework tedium.
  • When a paper does get published, the easiest way to debate it is to submit another paper, with all the tedium that entails.
  • The stink of exhaust, the mind-numbing tedium of traffic, parking lots blighting central city real estate.
  • The menu of several microwave specialties relieves you of the tedium of too many options.
  • They have a lot more tedium to survive before they create new life.
  • The spot has certainly managed to break through the usual tedium of the tube.
  • It's mighty important, mind you, but a big part of me sees all of that as pure tedium.
  • Contemporary opera is trying to escape from its reputation for atonal tedium.
  • Though his invention saves time, it still requires the tedium that is animation's hallmark.
British Dictionary definitions for tedium


the state of being bored or the quality of being boring; monotony
Word Origin
C17: from Latin taedium, from taedēre to weary
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Word Origin and History for tedium

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."

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