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- n. The state of being listless; indifference; lethargy.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state of being listless; indifference to what is passing; languid inattention.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. inactivity resulting from lethargy and lack of vigor or energy
- n. a feeling of lack of interest or energy
Robert Southey to Horace Walpole Bedford, 12 November 1794 * There was a time Horace when my life was heavy in listlessness — when I lookd forward & all was darkness without one ray to which I might guide my steps. strange alteration! now my soul never rests. in the tumult of emotion I have neglected to thank you for Piers Plowman  — or if I did thank you, have forgotten it.
Do not believe that these observations, which are as true as they are wittily stated, contradict in any way the system which we have previously prescribed; by the latter, as by the former, we succeed in producing in a woman that needed listlessness, which is the pledge of repose and tranquility.
The techs were going through the motions, but there was a kind of listlessness in their movements and a general air of defeat.
'Defects of mind' are such as listlessness, haste, etc.
It came on gradually, in a kind of listlessness and want of appetite.
He is uncommunicative and moody and goes about his work with a listlessness which is more and more disturbing to me.
I feel as if I had arisen from a most severe illness, and find it specially difficult to struggle against a certain listlessness which is the worst trouble in my case.
Their mission almost completed, they began to sink into that listlessness which is often the precursor of death.
It however increased daily, and was attended with a kind of listlessness and insensibility that his physicians regarded as a very dangerous symptom.
Buckley: There was a kind of listlessness in the sixties, and that listlessness called for a kind of self-indulgent relief.
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