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Tuesday, February 03, 2004

Definitions for languor

  1. Mental or physical weariness or fatigue.
  2. Listless indolence, especially the indolence of one who is satiated by a life of luxury or pleasure.
  3. A heaviness or oppressive stillness of the air.

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Citations for languor
Without health life is not life, wrote Rabelais, "life is not livable. . . . Without health life is nothing but languor." Joseph Epstein, Narcissus Leaves the Pool
Charles's court exuded a congenial hedonism. It was exuberant and intemperate, given to both languor and excess. John Brewer, The Pleasures of the Imagination
Origin of languor
1250-1300
Languor is from Latin languor, from languere, "to be faint or weak." The adjective form is languorous.