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Jan 12, 2016
This week’s theme
Vocab words

This week’s words
onerous
torpor
welter
invective
reticence

torpor
A pair of dormice in torpor

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torpor

PRONUNCIATION:
(TOR-puhr)

MEANING:
noun: A state marked by apathy, lethargy, and inactivity.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin torpere (to be stiff or numb). Ultimately from the Indo-European root ster- (stiff), which also gave us starch, stare, stork, starve, cholesterol, torpedo, and torpid. Earliest documented use: 1607.

USAGE:
“I’ve had this job [film critic] for just more than a year, and during that time going to the cinema once a week has become a deeply dreary and onerous task, so much so that I now associate cinema buildings themselves with torpor, contempt, and monotony.”
Julie Burchill; Shooting for the Hip; The Times (London, UK); Oct 23, 1994.

See more usage examples of torpor in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
The people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country. -Hermann Göring, Nazi military leader (12 Jan 1893-1946)

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