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hebetude

[ heb-i-tood, -tyood ]
/ ˈhɛb ɪˌtud, -ˌtyud /
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noun
the state of being dull; lethargy.
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Origin of hebetude

1615–25; <Late Latin hebetūdō dullness, bluntness, equivalent to Latin hebet- (stem of hebes) dull + -ūdō;see -tude

OTHER WORDS FROM hebetude

heb·e·tu·di·nous, adjective
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How to use hebetude in a sentence

  • By some magic of duty, he had contrived to give his usually hebetudinous features an expression of enthusiasm.

    Within the Law|Marvin Dana

British Dictionary definitions for hebetude

hebetude
/ (ˈhɛbɪˌtjuːd) /

noun
rare mental dullness or lethargy

Derived forms of hebetude

hebetudinous, adjective

Word Origin for hebetude

C17: from Late Latin hebetūdō, from Latin hebes blunt
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for hebetude

hebetude
[ hĕbĭ-tōōd′ ]

n.
Dullness of mind; mental lethargy.

Other words from hebetude

heb′e•tudi•nous (-tōōdn-əs) adj.
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