- 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.
Origin of lethargy
Related Wordsinactivity, disinterest, apathy, drowsiness, inertness, sloth, torpidity, sleep, languor, idleness, indifference, impassivity, dullness, unconcern, inaction, torpor, passiveness, listlessness, coma, inertia
Examples from the Web for lethargy
“I believe it is necessary to sacrifice myself to break through the lethargy that overwhelms us,” he wrote.You Say You Want a Revolution?
June 23, 2013
An inquiry launched into the handling of the case should make clear whether that lethargy amounted to deliberate neglect.News Scandal’s Next Victims?
July 7, 2011
Arizona is no longer the sun-drenched home of the Grand Canyon, golf courses, and retirees exulting in 100-degree lethargy.The Governor Who Hates Her State
July 19, 2010
Her conversion was an event that broke the lethargy of their stagnant life.Leila, Complete
He had gradually dropped to the floor, and lay there in a lethargy, worn out.A Tale of Two Cities
Grendon snapped out of the lethargy into which he had sunk, face drawn and gray.Slaves of Mercury
But the wounded man shook off his lethargy and for a moment had command of his faculties.The Downfall
But not even that gibe could stir M. Binet out of his lethargy of content.Scaramouche
- sluggishness, slowness, or dullness
- an abnormal lack of energy, esp as the result of a disease
Word Origin and History for lethargy
late 14c., litarge, from Old French litargie or directly from Medieval Latin litargia, from Late Latin lethargia, from Greek lethargia "forgetfulness," from lethargos "forgetful," originally "inactive through forgetfulness," from lethe "forgetfulness" (see latent) + argos "idle" (see argon). The form with -th- is from 1590s in English.
- A state of sluggishness, inactivity, and apathy.
- A state of unconsciousness resembling deep sleep.