sluggish inactivity or inertia.
lethargic indifference; apathy.
a state of suspended physical powers and activities.
dormancy, as of a hibernating animal.

Origin of torpor

1600–10; < Latin: numbness, equivalent to torp(ēre) to be stiff or numb + -or -or1

Synonyms for torpor Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of torpor

  • These are times of torpor in Paris, politically as well as economically.

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    The Gunslinger of Rue Miromesnil

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    December 23, 2013

  • But it was first and foremost an attempt to wake up America from the torpor of the daily grind under its meritocratic overlords.

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    Miley Cyrus's Smartest Tattoo

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    September 28, 2013

Historical Examples of torpor

British Dictionary definitions for torpor



a state of torpidity
Derived Formstorporific, adjective

Word Origin for torpor

C17: from Latin: inactivity, from torpēre to be motionless
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Word Origin and History for torpor

c.1600, from Latin torpor "numbness," from torpere "be numb," from PIE root *ster- "stiff" (cf. Old Church Slavonic trupeti, Lithuanian tirpstu "to become rigid;" Greek stereos "solid;" Old English steorfan "to die;" see sterile).

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Medicine definitions for torpor




A state of mental or physical inactivity or insensibility.
Lethargy; apathy.
Related formstor′po•rific (-pə-rĭfĭk) adj.
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