languor

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n languor inactivity; showing an unusual lack of energy "the general appearance of sluggishness alarmed his friends"
    • n languor a feeling of lack of interest or energy
    • n languor a relaxed comfortable feeling
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Languor A state of the body or mind which is caused by exhaustion of strength and characterized by a languid feeling; feebleness; lassitude; laxity.
    • Languor Any enfeebling disease. "Sick men with divers languors ."
    • Languor Listless indolence; dreaminess. "German dreams, Italian languors ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n languor Faintness or feebleness of body; oppression from fatigue, disease, trouble, or other cause; languidness; dullness; heaviness.
    • n languor Sickness; illness; suffering; sorrow.
    • n languor Inertness in general; sluggishness; listlessness; lassitude; oppressive or soothing quietude; sleepy content.
    • n languor In vegetable pathol., a condition of plants in which, from unwholesome nourishment, bad drainage, ungenial subsoil, or other bad conditions, they fall into a state of premature decrepitude. Synonyms Weakness, faintness, weariness, debility.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Languor lang′gwur state of being languid or faint: dullness: listlessness: softness
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. langour, OF. langour, F. langueur, L. languor,. See Languish

Usage

In literature:

At first this had much saddened her brother, but with time he had grown accustomed to her innocence and languor.
"Paris From the "Three Cities"" by Emile Zola
No languor, no dull headache, no exhaustion, follows your experience.
"The Forest" by Stewart Edward White
Only a faint dark encircling of the eyes, and a certain graceful languor of attitude recalled the collapse of yesterday.
"The Leopard Woman" by Stewart Edward White
In fact, a languor gained fearfully upon Angelique since she thought Felicien no longer loved her.
"The Dream" by Emile Zola
He eyed the strangers with affected languor, and then, when they had gone by, broke into sudden, loud laughter.
"The Gentleman From Indiana" by Booth Tarkington
A numb languor, not unpleasant, held him passively supine, the while he gave himself over to speculative thought.
"The Black Bag" by Louis Joseph Vance
When necessitated by pain and languor to limit her exertions, her unfeeling employers accused her of negligence.
"Beaux and Belles of England" by Mary Robinson
That would bring languor.
"Vivian Grey" by Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
I am, my lovely friend, much better this morning on the whole; but I have a horrid languor on my spirits.
"The Letters of Robert Burns" by Robert Burns
Under her mask of languor, Carlotta's heart was beating wildly.
"K" by Mary Roberts Rinehart
It frightened her, but she yielded: her will, her purpose slept, died into its languor.
"Atlantic Monthly, Volume 10, Number 59, September, 1862" by Various
When the shadows stretched in the dusky languor of the spring evening, he began to take his bearings for the return.
"The Spenders" by Harry Leon Wilson
I perceived now something of languor and exhaustion stealing over her, and hastened to bid her good night.
"Carmilla" by J. Sheridan LeFanu
This general languor is the effect of general luxury, of general idleness.
"The Works of Samuel Johnson, Vol. 6" by Samuel Johnson
There was a delicious, languorous craft in the look of her eyes at times.
"The Wolf's Long Howl" by Stanley Waterloo
The languor of his bulk after the evening meal made no explanation for Lulu.
"Miss Lulu Bett" by Zona Gale
A curious languor possessed her.
"The Green Mouse" by Robert W. Chambers
He said one evening to me, in a fit of languor, 'Sir, we have been harassed by invitations.
"Life Of Johnson, Volume 5" by Boswell
Though Wagner plunges without ceremony into his languorous chords, he carefully resolves their further course.
"Symphonies and Their Meaning; Third Series, Modern Symphonies" by Philip H. Goepp
The air of the quiet chamber was charged with languor.
"A Love Episode" by Emile Zola
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In poetry:

As if along His lonesome way
He had not borne for thee
Sad languors through the summer day,
Storms on the wintry sea.
"St. Philip And St. James" by John Keble
And just as one that, waking, can
Recall the thing he dreamed, but knows
'Twas of the phantom world that man
Visits in languors of repose;
"At The Gate Of The Convent" by Alfred Austin
Then -the last leap. What crowning curse
Can bid that cup of curses brim?
How may God's maniac ministers
Lash the last languor out of Him?
"The Wild Ass" by Aleister Crowley
Adieu, fair isle! the waving palm
Is pencill'd on thy purest sky;
Warm sleeps the bay, the air is balm,
And, soothed to languor, scarce a sigh
"Lines" by Maria Gowen Brooks
When the night turned pale and the stars grew dim,
The morning chanted a dewy hymn.
The fragrant languor of cradled noon
Was lulled by the hum of a self—sung tune.
"The Poet And The Muse" by Alfred Austin
And when weary lids would close,
And thy head was drooping,
Then, like dew that steeps the rose,
O'er thy languor stooping,
I would, till I woke a sigh,
Kiss thy sweet lips silently.
"A Night In June" by Alfred Austin

In news:

Since Lytton, old Rome never seems not to have been decadent , and Pompeii, with its luscious, erotic art, luxurious homes, and Mediterranean languor seems to have embodied this lascivious, non-stop decline.
The desperate center of Jessie Ware's debut album, "Devotion," is "Taking In Water," a languorous and arresting tragedy about punishing oneself so that someone less worthy might live.
Culture- ART FEATURE- Sugar water: Regan's languorous landscapes.
For Italian Dinners at a Languorous Pace.
Frankly that sounds more mall -like than the quiet languor found in your average waning suburban mall .
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