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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

torpor

\TAWR-per\ , noun;
1.
Lacking in vitality or interest.
2.
A state of mental or physical inactivity or insensibility.
3.
Lethargy; apathy.
Quotes:
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, "A Play Date With My Imagination ", New York Times, June 2, 2009
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
Crows often go into a kind of torpor and lie on the ground with their bills half-open when sunning themselves, looking to all the world as if they are about to succumb to some terrible malady.
-- Lyanda Lynn Haupt, Crow Planet: Essential Wisdom from the Urban Wilderness
Origin:
Torpor derives from Latin torpēre, to be stiff or numb.
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