the quality or state of being drowsy and dull, listless and unenergetic, or indifferent and lazy; apathetic or sluggish inactivity.
Pathology. an abnormal state or disorder characterized by overpowering drowsiness or sleep.
- hy·per·leth·ar·gy, noun
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How to use lethargy in a sentence
The EU for all its lethargy, faults and fetishization of bureaucracy, is, ultimately, a good idea.
Those symptoms are different from the much more common flu-like aches and lethargy that can occur a day after receiving the shot, which are generally harmless side-effects of inoculation against the coronavirus.What you should do if you’ve received the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine | Lenny Bernstein, Allyson Chiu | April 15, 2021 | Washington Post
One of them told me recently that the only way he can feel excitement is gambling, because then he knows he can lose everything and that excitement wakes him up from the lethargy of life.Everything is awful. Here’s a Q&A with a philosopher about why cats rule. | Sean Illing | January 15, 2021 | Vox
This isn’t to say the sensations of lethargy, dullness, and torpor are not real—they are, and they can be quite paralzying.
Citing a lack of in-person contact, she constantly battles lethargy.No Visitors Leading to Despair and Isolation in Senior Care Homes | Jared Whitlock | July 28, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
“I believe it is necessary to sacrifice myself to break through the lethargy that overwhelms us,” he wrote.
An inquiry launched into the handling of the case should make clear whether that lethargy amounted to deliberate neglect.
Arizona is no longer the sun-drenched home of the Grand Canyon, golf courses, and retirees exulting in 100-degree lethargy.
Austria's fall was due to the lethargy and hesitation of the courts of Berlin and St. Petersburg.Napoleon's Marshals | R. P. Dunn-Pattison
Cicogne told him the news, and how the Princess was lying on a blue bed in a state of lethargy.The Story Of The Duchess Of Cicogne And Of Monsieur De Boulingrin | Anatole France
When he awoke, though he seemed physically refreshed, the mind remained in a lethargy.The Woman Gives | Owen Johnson
In the darkness of the night he was shaken out of his lethargy by a sharp scratch on his shoulder.The Pilgrim's Shell or Fergan the Quarryman | Eugne Sue
But the meaning was, "God wills we should all perish or become slaves;" and on every hand was dumb lethargy or mad blasphemy.God Wills It! | William Stearns Davis
British Dictionary definitions for lethargy
sluggishness, slowness, or dullness
an abnormal lack of energy, esp as the result of a disease
- lethargic (lɪˈθɑːdʒɪk) or lethargical, adjective
- lethargically, adverb
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