American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Dullness of mind; mental lethargy.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Obtuseness; dullness; lethargy; stupidity.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Dullness; stupidity.
- n. mental lethargy or dullness
- From Late Latin hebetūdō. (Wiktionary)
- Late Latin hebetūdō, from Latin hebes, hebet-, dull. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Back in 1985, he maligned television for encouraging hebetude and even chipping away at democratic ideals.”
“Words like Git, hebetude, zip in the political sense and many others are explained in brief and charming essays.”
“I still felt tired and unable to do a thing, possessed by an unmistakable hebetude.”
“Eastern government rested not so much on consent or force, as on the common supinity, hebetude, lack-a-daisiness, which gave a minority undue effect.”
“Greece, and, what is worse, from a natural or habitual hebetude, not very adroit, at learning any Thing.”
“There is likewise more or less headache, neuralgia, giddiness, hebetude (state of mild stupidity), dejection, confusion of the senses, skin disease, acne rosacea (scarlet redness of the nose and cheeks), eczema, etc.”
“That his isolation from the stirring contact of competition, that his utter disregard of contemporary events, allowed his mind, which for perfect health's sake requires constantly-renewed impulses from without, to subside into comparative hebetude, there can be no doubt whatever.”
“Torpidity of body and hebetude of mind are the effects thereof, which disappear under bodily labor, because that expands the lungs, vitalizes the blood, and wakes him up to a sense of pleasure and happiness unknown to him in the vegeto-animal or hibernating state.”
“It will lead him to the discovery, that the negro, or Canaanitish race, consume less oxygen than the white, and that as a necessary consequence of the deficient aeration of the blood in the lungs, a hebetude of mind and body is the inevitable physiological effect; thus making it a mercy and a blessing to negroes to have persons in authority set over them, to provide for and take care of them.”
“The leaden weight of an irremediable idleness descended upon General Feraud, who having no resources within himself sank into a state of awe-inspiring hebetude.”
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