hebetude

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Etymology[edit]

From Late Latin hebetūdō.

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  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈhɛb.ə.tjuːd/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈhɛb.ə.tuːd/, /ˈhɛb.ə.tjuːd/

Noun[edit]

hebetude (uncountable)

  1. Mental lethargy or dullness.
    • 1926, T. E. Lawrence, Seven Pillars of Wisdom:
      Incuriousness was the most potent ally of our imposed order; for Eastern government rested not so much on consent or force, as on the common supinity, hebetude, lack-a-daisiness, which gave a minority undue effect.
    • 1985?, Oliver Sacks, “The Lost Mariner”, chapter 2 in The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat (Reset 2007 edition), page 33, footnote 2:
      This dwelling on the past and relative hebetude towards the present – this emotional dulling of current feeling and memory – is nothing like Jimmie’s organic amnesia.

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