- the state of being dull; lethargy.
Origin of hebetude
1615–25; < Late Latin hebetūdō dullness, bluntness, equivalent to Latin hebet- (stem of hebes) dull + -ūdō; see -tude
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Examples from the Web for hebetude
He has hebetude and some delirium, though not very active; he is deaf.
Jaffery rose from his knees and regarded her in the hebetude of reaction.Jaffery
William J. Locke
An increasing indisposition to mental effort, some hebetude of mind, and a gradually deepening despondency are felt.
I am set up by a beneficent providence at the corner of the road, to warn you to flee from the hebetude that is to follow.The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 23 (of 25)
Robert Louis Stevenson
As the disease progresses the hebetude becomes more profound and is overcome with greater difficulty.
- rare mental dullness or lethargy
C17: from Late Latin hebetūdō, from Latin hebes blunt
Word Origin and History for hebetude
1620s, from Latin hebetudo, noun of quality from hebes "blunt, dull," of unknown origin. Related: Hebetate (v.); hebetation; hebetudinous.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Dullness of mind; mental lethargy.