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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Definitions for torpor

  1. Lacking in vitality or interest.
  2. A state of mental or physical inactivity or insensibility.
  3. Lethargy; apathy.

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Citations for torpor
At 47, I'm starting to wonder which direction I'm headed. And with good reason because, according to my accountant, there is no way I'm going to be able to give in to torpor, fatigue or anything else that might take me out of the work force anytime soon. Michelle Slatalla, New York Times
Silence crept down again over the wet country; the faint dripping resumed, and suddenly a great shower of drops tumbled upon Gloria stirring her out of the trance-like torpor which the passage of the train had wrought. F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Beautiful and Damned
Origin of torpor
1600-1610
Torpor derives from Latin torpēre, to be stiff or numb.