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[lang-ger] /ˈlæŋ gər/
lack of energy or vitality; sluggishness.
lack of spirit or interest; listlessness; stagnation.
physical weakness or faintness.
emotional softness or tenderness.
Origin of languor
1250-1300; < Latin (see languish, -or1); replacing Middle English langour sickness, woe < Old French < Latin Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for languor
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  • Outside the door of the anaesthetizing-room Miss Harrison's languor vanished.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • Under her mask of languor, Carlotta's heart was beating wildly.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • Moderation is the languor and sloth of the soul, Ambition its activity and heat.

    Reflections Francois Duc De La Rochefoucauld
  • "I think I will go in," says Charlotte, with a pretence of languor.

    The Cavalier George Washington Cable
  • No languor, no dull headache, no exhaustion, follows your experience.

    The Forest Stewart Edward White
  • From the eighth month she fell into a fever, into exhaustion and languor.

    The Memoirs of Madame de Montespan, Complete Madame La Marquise De Montespan
  • But languor at last overcame her, and she fell into gentle slumber.

  • Frank Dalton was awake, but in all the languor of great debility.

    The Daltons, Volume II (of II) Charles James Lever
  • On waking in the morning we all p. 263experienced languor and lassitude.

    Memoirs Charles Godfrey Leland
  • Who is he that would not, under such circumstances, sink into languor?

    The Mirror of Taste, and Dramatic Censor Stephen Cullen Carpenter
British Dictionary definitions for languor


physical or mental laziness or weariness
a feeling of dreaminess and relaxation
oppressive silence or stillness
Word Origin
C14 langour, via Old French from Latin languor, from languēre to languish; the modern spelling is directly from Latin
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Word Origin and History for languor

c.1300, "disease, distress, mental suffering," from Old French langor "sickness, weakness" (Modern French langueur), from Latin languorem (nominative languor) "faintness, feebleness, lassitude," from languere "be weak or faint" (see lax). Sense shifted to "faintness, weariness" (1650s) and "habitual want of energy" (1825).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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