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[bawr-duh m, bohr-] /ˈbɔr dəm, ˈboʊr-/
the state of being bored; tedium; ennui.
Origin of boredom
First recorded in 1850-55; bore1+ -dom
dullness, doldrums, weariness.
excitement, diversion, amusement. Unabridged
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  • And all the while he stood there quietly beside Evadna, his attitude almost that of boredom.

    Good Indian B. M. Bower
  • Well, there will be no boredom at Dauvergne's if he ingratiates himself with actresses.

  • I hoped that under the bullets of the Chechenes boredom could not exist—a vain hope!

    A Hero of Our Time M. Y. Lermontov
  • His courtesy, his smartness, his anecdotes, his reminiscences were all boredom.

    Sir Brook Fossbrooke, Volume I. Charles James Lever
  • Why, the moments of boredom, of weariness, of dissatisfaction.

    The Shadow-Line Joseph Conrad
British Dictionary definitions for boredom


the state of being bored; tedium
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for boredom

"state of being bored," 1852, from bore (v.1) + -dom. It also has been employed in a sense "bores as a class" (1883) and "practice of being a bore" (1864, a sense properly belonging to boreism, 1833).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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