Definitions

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  • n. torpor; torpidity

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The qualityy or state of being torpid.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Torpidity; torpor.

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

  • n. inactivity resulting from lethargy and lack of vigor or energy

Etymologies

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torpid +‎ -ness

Examples

  • The secret pride of our heroine and every gentler feeling of her bosom were roused from their recent state of torpidness by the idea that the very appearance she wished on all occasions to avoid, had now become so conspicuous, as to require the encouraging support of the individual from whose observation it particularly behoved her to conceal every reprehensible bias in his favour, or every circumstance that even bore the semblance of such

    Stella of the North, or the Foundling of the Ship

  • At its first appearance it was warmly praised, in the Champion, probably either by Fielding, or by Ralph, who succeeded to him in a share of that paper; and Sir Joshua Reynolds, when it came into his hand, found his attention so powerfully arrested, that he read it through without changing his posture, as he perceived by the torpidness of one of his arms that had rested on a chimney-piece by which he was standing.

    Lives of the English Poets

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