boredom

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From bore +‎ -dom. First attested in the novel Bleak House, written in 1852 by Charles Dickens.

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boredom (usually uncountable, plural boredoms)

  1. (uncountable) The state of being bored.
    • 1852, Charles Dickens, Bleak House, Chapter XII
      [] only last Sunday, my Lady, in the desolation of Boredom and the clutch of Giant Despair, almost hated her own maid for being in spirits.
  2. (countable) An instance or period of a state of being bored; a variety of bored state.
    • 1995, Martin Heidegger, William McNeill, Nicholas Walker (translators), The Fundamental Concepts of Metaphysics: World, Finitude, Solitude, page 107,
      If we are seeking a more original conception of boredom then we must also correspondingly endeavour to envisage a more original form of boredom, thus presumably a boredom in which we become more bored than in the situation we have characterized.
    • 1999, Michael L. Raposa, Boredom and the Religious Imagination, page 58,
      Yet that earlier characterization was of a kind of boredom that can be portrayed as resembling acedia; that is, a boredom that I can be held responsible for, either in its genesis or its persistence.
    • See more citations at boredoms.

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  • (state of being bored): ennui

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