tedium

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n tedium dullness owing to length or slowness
    • n tedium the feeling of being bored by something tedious
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Tedium Irksomeness; wearisomeness; tediousness. "To relieve the tedium , he kept plying them with all manner of bams.""The tedium of his office reminded him more strongly of the willing scholar, and his thoughts were rambling."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n tedium Irksomeness; wearisomeness; tediousness.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Tedium tē′di-um wearisomeness: irksomeness.
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Quotations

  • Philip Guedalla
    Philip Guedalla
    “Biography is a very definite region bounded on the north by history, on the south by fiction, on the east by obituary, and on the west by tedium.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. taedium, fr. taedet, it disgusts, it wearies one
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. tædiumtædet, it wearies.

Usage

In literature:

There was no tedium in the carriage from morning to night.
"The End of a Coil" by Susan Warner
Books, also, aided to relieve the tedium of confinement.
"Madame Roland, Makers of History" by John S. C. Abbott
This work and Forsythe's comradeship helped me to bear the tedium of my work in the country.
"A Son of the Middle Border" by Hamlin Garland
She will be a Russian Grand-Duchess, and the tedium of petty German court life will know her no longer.
"Secret Memoirs: The Story of Louise, Crown Princess" by Henry W. Fischer
And what tedium we have in Shakib's History about the charge on which he was arrested.
"The Book of Khalid" by Ameen Rihani
Bob, thus forming his Utopian plans, forgot the tedium of the trail.
"The Gaunt Gray Wolf" by Dillon Wallace
There was, among the visitors, one whose coming perceptibly lightened the tedium of those days.
"The Heart of Thunder Mountain" by Edfrid A. Bingham
I am sure that these amusements do good in relieving the unavoidable tedium and monotony of a long voyage.
"The Last Voyage" by Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey
The loneliness and tedium of his condition soon become unendurable.
"The Prison Chaplaincy, And Its Experiences" by Hosea Quinby
And now the tedium of such a life was plainer to her than it would have been then.
"Is He Popenjoy?" by Anthony Trollope
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In poetry:

Gone are the years that came with fevered strife
Sweeping us into war's strange unknown ways
Gone is the tenseness, and the struggling life,
Gone is the tedium of the waiting days.
"Envoi - III" by Robert A Donaldson
For when the spirit waxes numb,
Alien and strange these shows become,
And stricken with life's tedium
The streams run dry,
The choric spheres themselves are dumb,
And dead the sky,—
"A Child's Hair" by William Watson
The novelist tangential on the boardwalk overhead
Seeks his cure of souls in his own anxious gaze.
"Here," he says, "With whom?" he asks, "This?" he questions,
"What tedium, what blaze?"
"Far Rockaway" by Delmore Schwartz

In news:

The HP ScanJet 5500C ($300) is a godsend for those who do a lot of photo scanning—or would, were it not for the tedium of loading dozens of prints onto the platen one at a time.
Take a break from the tedium of the current presidential campaign, and travel back in time with me to 1840.
HEREAFTER Medium for tedium.
Say, do it simply to relieve the tedium.
Talented cast, filmmaker get trapped in tedium.
The novel is a literary spy tale that delivers the tedium as well as excitement of British espionage.
'Made in Jersey' review: accent on tedium .
Cold Light an exercise in tedium .
Treasures amid the tedium Historical Museum inventories 3,000-piece collection once every four years.
White Stripes movie battles tedium of rock on the road.
The Blessed Tedium of the Arizona Immigration Case.
Every passenger wants to escape the tedium of commercial air flight.
'Made in Jersey' review: accent on tedium.
Take a break from the tedium of the current presidential campaign , and travel back in time with me to 1840.
The arguments on both sides of the abortion debate are well-known to the point of tedium.
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In science:

The advent of symbolic manipulation codes [9, 10] has allowed the tedium to be transferred to the computer and freed the brain of the operator for thinking. A similar problem of computation besets the calculation of the Jacobi Last Multiplier.
Lagrangians Galore
Finally, to relieve the tedium we have relegated several explicit technical details to various appendices.
Gravitational radiation reaction along general orbits in the effective one-body formalism
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