boredom

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n boredom the feeling of being bored by something tedious
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Boredom can lead to madness in parrots. When caged by themselves and neglected for long periods of time, these intelligent, sociable birds can easily become mentally ill. Many inflict wounds upon themselves, develop strange tics, and rip out their own feathers. The birds need constant interaction, affection, and mental stimulation; some bird authorities have determined that some parrot breeds have the mental abilities of a 5-year-old human child. Should a neglected parrot go mad, there is little that can be done to restore it to normalcy. In England, there are "mental institutions" for such unfortunate creatures.
    • Boredom The realm of bores; bores, collectively.
    • Boredom The state of being bored, or pestered; a state of ennui.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n boredom The state of being a bore, or the tendency to become tiresome and uninteresting.
    • n boredom The state of being bored; tedium; ennui.
    • n boredom Bores collectively.
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Quotations

  • Jean Baudrillard
    Jean%20Baudrillard
    “Boredom is like a pitiless zooming in on the epidermis of time. Every instant is dilated and magnified like the pores of the face.”
  • John Berger
    John%20Berger
    “Is boredom anything less than the sense of one's faculties slowly dying?”
  • Guy Debord
    Guy Debord
    “Boredom is always counter-revolutionary. Always.”
  • Wayne Dyer
    Wayne%20Dyer
    “The concept of boredom entails an inability to use up present moments in a personally fulfilling way.”
  • Friedrich Nietzsche
    Friedrich%20Nietzsche
    “Against boredom the gods themselves fight in vain.”
  • Earl Nightingale
    Earl%20Nightingale
    “You'll find boredom where there is an absence of a good idea.”

Usage

In literature:

He believed that he had reached the nadir of boredom.
"The Trail of the Hawk" by Sinclair Lewis
These long days of boredom in the hospital, these days of incessant wind and rain and cold.
"The Backwash of War" by Ellen N. La Motte
And after the maiden aunts had seen me safety home, I should simply howl from boredom.
"The Hero" by William Somerset Maugham
Work is a drug that dull people take to avoid the pangs of unmitigated boredom.
"The Explorer" by W. Somerset Maugham
His sombre handsome face wore an expression of extreme boredom.
"Where Deep Seas Moan" by E. Gallienne-Robin
He is bored, but boredom is a duty, and there's nothing else to do.
"Appearances" by Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson
Alan felt a strange sort of hopeless boredom spreading over him, as if he had entered a gray fog.
"Starman's Quest" by Robert Silverberg
Meta Beggs sat motionless, with a look of inexpressible boredom on her pale countenance.
"Mountain Blood" by Joseph Hergesheimer
Then she went up again, shut her door, put on coals, and fainting with the heat of the hearth, felt her boredom weigh more heavily than ever.
"Madame Bovary" by Gustave Flaubert
He had argued that boredom might be just the very inimical condition they were having to test.
"Eight Keys to Eden" by Mark Irvin Clifton
Boredom had settled heavily over his outlook on the operation.
"A Fine Fix" by R. C. Noll
But it must be boredom with honour.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 147, September 30, 1914" by Various
For three days they existed without a moment's boredom.
"The Double Four" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
During the next few weeks Paragot suffered the boredom of a provisional condition of existence.
"The Belovéd Vagabond" by William J. Locke
Simon found the combination of boredom and fear well nigh unbearable.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
The young men lounged in at the end of the procession and flopped into their seats with the proper air of insupportable boredom.
"The Silver Maple" by Marian Keith
Indeed, one can escape boredom, but not love.
"The Book of Khalid" by Ameen Rihani
His virtue may be vice concealed; he gathers bliss where others find boredom.
"Mountain Meditations" by L. Lind-af-Hageby
Now for an hour of boredom.
"The Confessions of a Caricaturist, Vol. 1 (of 2)" by Harry Furniss
Footsteps dragged across the yard in whose very sound discontent and boredom could be detected.
"The German Classics of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries" by Various
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In poetry:

Love and boredom and pity I'd take,
Even the nightingale in the wood -
Every tiny fraction of life
We live on earth, I'd take - if I could.
""If God in his almighty Power..."" by Konstantin Simonov
People believe it, maybe from laziness
or boredom, and live accordingly:
they wait eagerly for meetings, fear parting,
and when they sing, they sing about love.
"Twenty-First. Night. Monday" by Anna Akhmatova
I don’t come to conquer your flesh tonight, O beast
In whom are the sins of the race, nor to stir
In your foul tresses a mournful tempest
Beneath the fatal boredom my kisses pour:
"Distress" by Stephane Mallarme
In her is the end of breeding.
Her boredom is exquisite and excessive.
She would like some one to speak to her,
And is almost afraid that I
      Twill commit that indiscretion.
"The Garden" by Ezra Pound
What sayst thou, traveller, of all thou saw'st afar?
On every tree hangs boredom, ripening to its fall,
Didst gather it, thou smoking yon thy sad cigar,
Black, casting an incongruous shadow on the wall?
"What Sayest Thou, Traveller" by Paul Verlaine
I think of that friend too much moved by music
Who turned to games
And made a game of boredom,
Of that one too much moved by faces
Who turned his face to the wall, and of that marvelous liar
Who turned at last to truth.
"The Black Angel" by Henri Coulette

In news:

Two new studies point to increasing boredom in the workplace and declining loyalty.
Take a look at all the fun free and inexpensive activities our area has to offer to beat summer boredom.
Does boredom justify camp next summer.
Bob is a fortysomething professional with a solid grip on the American dream, which is why he can't fathom what's behind his emotional malaise - boredom, simmering discontent and disengagement.
Meagher and Mason hope the findings will prompt further research, including looking at whether intelligent animals such as primates and parrots are particularly prone to boredom in captivity , and why under-stimulation causes problems.
Ford 'Escapes' compact -SUV boredom.
Ford 'Escapes' Compact -SUV Boredom.
Some of the obstacles to a successful and nonviolent outcome, including boredom, overtime costs and traffic disruption , are man made.
It's bound to happen sometime during the summer break – no matter how overscheduled the kids seem – they will at some point begin to complain of boredom.
' Whether out of boredom or a plea for attention, that boy lied so many times that when he got into real trouble and needed help, no one would answer his calls.
According to artist Jenny Holzer, who is in town this week for the opening of her show at L&M Arts, boredom has a way of just not letting up.
When I was a wee freckle-faced lad fidgeting through Sunday morning church service, the droning minister and ensuing boredom often encouraged me to gaze around and check out everyone else.
The History of Boredom May Interest You.
How to Handle and Relieve Boredom at Work.
Our 30 minute cardio plan shakes up your direction and arm movements to bust boredom.
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In science:

This will likely cause frustration for the disabled player and boredom or even annoyance for the other players.
Evaluating Accessible Synchronous CMC Applications
Accessible interfaces for synchronous CMC applications should be designed in a way that minimizes frustration for the user with disabilities, and also minimizes boredom or even annoyance for the other users.
Evaluating Accessible Synchronous CMC Applications
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