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

Origin of tedium

First recorded in 1655–65, tedium is from the Latin word taedium

Synonyms for tedium

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Contemporary Examples of tedium

Historical Examples of tedium

  • Bob, thus forming his Utopian plans, forgot the tedium of the trail.

    The Gaunt Gray Wolf

    Dillon Wallace

  • And now the tedium of such a life was plainer to her than it would have been then.

    Is He Popenjoy?

    Anthony Trollope

  • Cassy foresaw, too, that the tedium would not be attenuated by Paliser's conversation.

    The Paliser case

    Edgar Saltus

  • A payday now and then didn't make up for the tedium of labor.

    The Pirates of Ersatz

    Murray Leinster

  • The tedium of futile undertakings will oppress us from the first moment.

British Dictionary definitions for tedium



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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