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Definition of "languor" []

  • Lack of physical or mental energy; listlessness. See Synonyms at lethargy. (noun)
  • A dreamy, lazy mood or quality: "It was hot, yet with a sweet languor about it” ( Theodore Dreiser). (noun)
  • Oppressive quiet or stillness. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "languor" in a sentence
  • "The whole of the dramatic music of the eighteenth century must naturally have appeared cold and languid to men whose minds were profoundly moved with troubles and wars; and even at the present day the word languor best expresses that which no longer touches us in the operas of the last century, without even excepting those of Mozart himself."
  • "Such19 transitions often excite mirth, or other sudden or tumultuous passions; but not that sinking, that melting, that languor, which is the characteristical effect of the beautiful as it regards every sense."
  • "Original sin is accordingly called the languor of nature."