from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A watching all night; a vigil; in pathology, disinclination to sleep; wakefulness.
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We have never known any one who fell in, at the first trial, with the proper rhyme and cadence of the _pervigilium Veneris_, or the choral lyrics of the Greek dramatists.
I was besides encumbered by my duties to Sir William, whom it fell upon me to entertain; for my lord was quite sunk into a state bordering on pervigilium, watching the woods with a rapt eye, sleeping scarce at all, and speaking sometimes not twenty words in a whole day.
A disposition to convulsions and that incessant sleeplessness, called by physicians pervigilium, or constant watching.