Thursday, August 06, 2009
Definitions for hebetude
- the state of being dull; lethargy.
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Citations for hebetude
But the intelligence (that more precious heirloom) was degenerate; the treasure of ancestral memory ran low; and it had required the potent, plebeian crossing of a muleteer or mountain contrabandista to raise what approached hebetude in the mother into active oddity of the son.
At the same time an irresistible drowsiness surged upon Gerard himself in spite of all his volition, in spite of the eldritch terrors and forebodings that still murmured in his brain. He heard through his growing hebetude a whisper as of shadowy wings in the castle halls…
Origin of hebetude
Hebetude derives from the Latin word hebes meaning "dull." It entered English in the early 1600s.