from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The quality or state of being torpid. See Synonyms at lethargy.

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  • n. The property of being torpid.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Same as torpidness.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Insensibility; numbness; torpor; apathy.
  • n. In zoology, a dormant state in which no food is taken; the condition of an animal in hibernation or estivation, when it passes its time in the winter or summer sleep; dormancy.
  • n. Dullness; sluggishness; stupidity.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a state of motor and mental inactivity with a partial suspension of sensibility
  • n. inactivity resulting from lethargy and lack of vigor or energy


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  • The inability or refusal to reason, to seek truth and understanding, inevitably leads to intolerance and intellectual torpidity.

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  • This included a paper on cretinism and a report of experiments he had conducted in Germany on the torpidity of hamsters and hedghogs he said the cold sent them to sleep.

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