from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. See tedium.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Weariness; irksomeness; tediousness. See tedium.


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  • Everyone with a safe £500 a year turned highbrow and began training himself in taedium vitae.

    Inside the Whale

  • The kind of taedium vitae you mention I also occasionally experience here.

    Alfred Russel Wallace Letters and Reminiscences

  • Topatius annulo gestatus, dexterum lupi testiculum attritum, et oleo vel aqua rosata exhibitum veneris taedium inducere scribit

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Tartarus; it was not so delicious at first, as now it is bitter and harsh; a cankered soul macerated with cares and discontents, taedium vitae, impatience, agony, inconstancy, irresolution, precipitate them unto unspeakable miseries.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • He had passed the whole evening in the company of charming ladies and cultivated men; some of the ladies were beautiful, almost all the men were distinguished by intellect or talent; he himself had talked with great success, even with brilliance ... and, for all that, never yet had the taedium vitae of which the Romans talked of old, the ‘disgust for life,’ taken hold of him with such irresistible, such suffocating force.

    The Torrents of Spring

  • Superintendent Jury was coming through the door of the hotel, saw him sitting here, obviously realized he was in the throes of taedium vitae, and quickly came over with the other detective, Lasko.

    the dirty duck

  • Most of these highnesses and mightinesses formed part of what the Germans themselves sarcastically called their "Ornamental Staff," and as Moltke seldom allowed them any real share in the military operations, they doubtless found in Home's performances some relief from the _taedium vitae_ which overtook them during their long wait for the capitulation of Paris.

    My Days of Adventure The Fall of France, 1870-71

  • Beyond the natural interest a soldier has for imaginative minds in the civil walks of life, De Stancy's occasional manifestations of taedium vitae were too poetically shaped to be repellent.

    A Laodicean : a Story of To-day

  • If the spectators were occasionally stunned with bombast, or hurried and confused by the accumulation of action and intrigue, they escaped the languor of a creeping dialogue, and the taedium of a barren plot, of which the termination is descried full three acts before it can be attained.

    The Dramatic Works of John Dryden

  • He says that taedium vitae as in the case of Hamlet is due to 'unchecked appetency of the ideal.'

    More Pages from a Journal


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