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Thursday, August 06, 2009

Definitions for hebetude

  1. Mental dullness or sluggishness.

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Citations for hebetude
William Hazlitt considered Wordsworth's success an accident of history. "Had he lived in any other period ... he would never have been heard of. As it is, he has some difficulty to contend with the hebetude of his intellect." Cristina Nehring, American Scholar
Earlier on, when we merely democratized fame, we defended the right of any mouth-breather to rise from deserved obscurity on the strength of his God-given hebetude. Florence King, National Review
Origin of hebetude
Hebetude derives ultimately from Latin hebes, "blunt, dull, mentally dull, sluggish, stupid." The adjective form is hebetudinous.