- sluggish inactivity or inertia.
- lethargic indifference; apathy.
- a state of suspended physical powers and activities.
- dormancy, as of a hibernating animal.
Origin of torpor
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Examples from the Web for torpor
These are times of torpor in Paris, politically as well as economically.The Gunslinger of Rue Miromesnil
December 23, 2013
But it was first and foremost an attempt to wake up America from the torpor of the daily grind under its meritocratic overlords.Miley Cyrus's Smartest Tattoo
September 28, 2013
In my state of torpor I was not, however, long left in peace.Tales And Novels, Volume 4 (of 10)
I did not want to move again, and the torpor seemed to me thoroughly delicious.My Double Life
In India you will easily believe that the torpor is still unbroken.A Writer's Recollections (In Two Volumes), Volume I
Mrs. Humphry Ward
Suddenly, amid her torpor, she sprang out of bed and ran into the studio.His Masterpiece
He only issued from his torpor at night to fall into blind and puerile fits of anger.Therese Raquin
- a state of torpidity
Word Origin and History for torpor
c.1600, from Latin torpor "numbness," from torpere "be numb," from PIE root *ster- "stiff" (cf. Old Church Slavonic trupeti, Lithuanian tirpstu "to become rigid;" Greek stereos "solid;" Old English steorfan "to die;" see sterile).
- A state of mental or physical inactivity or insensibility.
- Lethargy; apathy.