noun, plural leth·ar·gies.
Origin of lethargy
Examples from the Web for lethargy
“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.
The recklessness of the other's purpose roused Garnet from his lethargy.The Fifth of November|Charles S. Bentley
When they had almost attained the age of twenty-two Judith caught a fever, fell into a lethargy and died.A Trip to Paris in July and August 1792|Richard Twiss
Balls, parties, and sleigh-riding occasionally rouse them up, but lethargy is the general rule.The Land of Thor|J. Ross Browne
The wounds inflicted on Islam during the last century have at last awakened it from its lethargy.The Life of Mohammad|Etienne Dinet
An ominous murmur swelled from the crowd and the red police roused from their lethargy.
British Dictionary definitions for lethargy
noun plural -gies
Word Origin for lethargy
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.