[ tee-dee-uhm ]
/ ˈti di əm /


the quality or state of being wearisome; irksomeness; tediousness.

Origin of tedium

First recorded in 1655–65, tedium is from the Latin word taedium
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British Dictionary definitions for tedium


/ (ˈtiːdɪəm) /


the state of being bored or the quality of being boring; monotony

Word Origin for tedium

C17: from Latin taedium, from taedēre to weary
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Word Origin and History for tedium



1660s, from Latin taedium "weariness, disgust," related to taedet "it is wearisome," and to taedere "to weary." Possible cognates are Old Church Slavonic tezo, Lithuanian tingiu "to be dull, be listless."

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