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[luh-thahr-jik] /ləˈθɑr dʒɪk/
of, relating to, or affected with lethargy; drowsy; sluggish; apathetic.
producing lethargy:
The lethargic heat and humidity of the day made me want to do nothing but nap.
Also, lethargical.
Origin of lethargic
1350-1400; < Latin lēthargicus < Greek lēthargikós; replacing Middle English litargik < Medieval Latin litargicus (see lethargy, -ic)
Related forms
lethargically, adverb
hyperlethargic, adjective
nonlethargic, adjective
nonlethargical, adjective
nonlethargically, adverb
unlethargic, adjective
unlethargical, adjective
unlethargically, adverb
1. lazy, indolent, torpid. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Thorpe had a fleeting pride in the lethargic, composed front he was able to present.

    The Market-Place Harold Frederic
  • The Father confident in his strength, but he felt heavy and lethargic.

    B. C. 30,000 Sterner St. Paul Meek
  • He was a large, lethargic man, who had commonplace views on all subjects.

    The Secret House Edgar Wallace
  • About noon they all seemed to wake up from their lethargic state.

    Blown to Bits R.M. Ballantyne
  • If anything, slightly lazy or lethargic in his emotional life.

    Theft Jack London
Word Origin and History for lethargic

late 14c., litargik, from Latin lethargicus "affected with lethargy," from Greek lethargikos, from lethargos (see lethargy). Related: Lethargically.

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