Monday, November 28, 2005
lassitude noun [LAS-i-tood, -tyood] weariness of body or mind from strain, oppressive climate, etc.; lack of energy; listlessness; languor.
Definitions for lassitude
- weariness of body or mind from strain, oppressive climate, etc.; lack of energy; listlessness; languor.
- a condition of indolent indifference: the pleasant lassitude of the warm summer afternoon.
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Citations for lassitude
"Lassitude!" Capiam dared not laugh but the word was totally inadequate to describe the total inertia that gripped his usually vigorous body. "Extreme lassitude! Total inertia! Complete incapacity!"
The achievement beard--a marker of triumphant lassitude, the victory lap after a long job well done--has been gaining currency in recent years among men who might like to move through the world noticeably unnoticed.
Origin of lassitude
Lassitude stems from the Latin term lassus meaning "weary." The suffix -tude appears in abstract nouns of Latin origin.