lethargic

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj lethargic deficient in alertness or activity "bullfrogs became lethargic with the first cold nights"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Lethargic Pertaining to, affected with, or resembling, lethargy; morbidly drowsy; dull; heavy.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • lethargic Affected with lethargy; morbidly sluggish or drowsy; dull; torpid.
    • lethargic Marked by lethargy or languor; manifesting sluggishness or apathy: as, lethargic movements; a lethargic government.
    • lethargic Producing lethargy; causing languor or apathy; stupefying.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Lethargic pertaining to lethargy: unnaturally sleepy: dull
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. lethargicus, Gr. lhqargiko`s: cf. F. léthargique,. See Lethargy
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L.,—Gr. lēthargia, drowsy forgetfulness—lēthē, forgetfulness.

Usage

In literature:

At such a time, I fear, one sometimes falls back on rather low and sordid motives to act as a spur to the lethargic will.
"Stained Glass Work" by C. W. Whall
A strange lethargic calm seemed to have fallen upon Paul.
"A Monk of Cruta" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
A mob is lethargic, too willing to keep things as they are.
"The Instant of Now" by Irving E. Cox, Jr.
The lethargic sowars were galvanized into activity.
"Barclay of the Guides" by Herbert Strang
Was it not simplicity itself to prescribe in set terms this lethargic doctrine, and give out noisily a theory of sleep?
"Priests, Women, and Families" by J. Michelet
The creature afterwards becomes lethargic, and its spirits never are recovered.
"The Dog" by Dinks, Mayhew, and Hutchinson
He began to feel numb to the bone, lethargic, incapable of moving.
"Northern Diamonds" by Frank Lillie Pollock
An odd sense of voids about him startled Smith at last out of his lethargic plodding.
"The Tree of Life" by Catherine Lucille Moore
I have never seen any one else eat so much or so continuously, or with so little lethargic effect.
"Interpreters" by Carl Van Vechten
The sheep scattered lethargically at my approach.
"Bye-Ways" by Robert Smythe Hichens
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In poetry:

Their poisons collected afford
Lethargic relief to his pangs;
And Death! of all nature the lord!
Thy shadows now rest on his fangs.
"The Lion" by William Hayley
Strolling along
By the teeming docks,
I watch the ships put out.
Black ships that heave and lunge
And move like mastodons
Arising from lethargic sleep.
"Docks" by Carl Sandburg

In news:

Another lethargic performance should signal the end of days with the Rangers.
Audience the only ones 'Taken' in lethargic retread .
What influences Sedna 's lethargic rotation speed.
A middle-age man goes to see his doctor, complaining of a host of vague symptoms: He's lethargic, somewhat depressed and feeling a little anxious about his manliness.
She says he was lethargic and wet from perspiration, and she initially thought he'd died.
Georgetown's lethargic victory against Mount St Mary's was a case of the quiet after the storm.
BEIGHTOL SAYS IF A DEER APPEARS SLUGGISH, LETHARGIC OR UNRESPONSIVE, IT IS PROBABLY INFECTED WITH E-H-D. October 04 2012 KSCJ Staff.
BANGKOK Expectations that the Federal Reserve will announce a new stimulus plan to help bring life to a lethargic US economy boosted Asian stock markets Wednesday.
BANGKOK (AP) — Expectations that the Federal Reserve will announce a new stimulus plan to help bring life to a lethargic US economy boosted Asian stock markets Wednesday.
E xpectations that the Federal Reserve will announce a new stimulus plan to help bring life to a lethargic US economy boosted Asian stock markets Wednesday.
1)How do you avoid feeling tired and lethargic.
Kealoha started appearing lethargic this week.
Inside the November job numbers, the divide between growth driven by consumer spending, and lethargic activity by businesses continues apace.
An "anti-energy" drink is being blamed for making middle-school students vomit and act lethargic.
The Post-Bulletin reports police have taken a half-dozen reports from citizens in the last week about unusual raccoon behavior, including raccoons that appear lethargic and unafraid of humans.
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