- the quality or state of being wearisome; irksomeness; tediousness.
Origin of tedium
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Examples from the Web for tedium
The work is ceaseless and routine to the point of tedium—and almost half of primary-care physicians are burnt out.Nurse Practitioners Playing Doctor More Often
May 27, 2013
What is it about bleakness and tedium that are so attractive, other than the fact that most people instinctively recoil from it?Why All the Hate for Les Mis?
January 7, 2013
A third night in hospital for Kate tonight, but the tedium was relieved by a visit from brother James and sister Pippa.Pippa Middleton Visits Kate
December 5, 2012
He advised diners to flee “right back out the door … you will be spared an infinitely larger measure of tedium.”Guy Fieri Battles Scathing New York Times Review by Pete Wells
November 16, 2012
Since I loathe the tedium of gym workouts, I take breaks for tennis with my eclectic group of tennis pals.How I Write: Erik Larson Revisits ‘Isaac’s Storm’
October 31, 2012
Bob, thus forming his Utopian plans, forgot the tedium of the trail.The Gaunt Gray Wolf
And now the tedium of such a life was plainer to her than it would have been then.Is He Popenjoy?
Cassy foresaw, too, that the tedium would not be attenuated by Paliser's conversation.The Paliser case
A payday now and then didn't make up for the tedium of labor.The Pirates of Ersatz
The tedium of futile undertakings will oppress us from the first moment.Spontaneous Activity in Education
- the state of being bored or the quality of being boring; monotony
Word Origin and History for tedium
1660s, from Latin taedium "weariness, disgust," related to taedet "it is wearisome," and to taedere "to weary." Possible cognates are Old Church Slavonic tezo, Lithuanian tingiu "to be dull, be listless."