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From Middle French langoreux.



languorous (comparative more languorous, superlative most languorous)

  1. lacking energy, spirit, liveliness or vitality; languid, lackadaisical.
    • 1891, Thomas Hardy, Tess of the d'Urbervilles, volume 1, London: James R. Osgood, McIlvaine and Co., page 12:
      The atmosphere beneath is languorous, and is so tinged with azure that what artists call the middle distance partakes also of that hue, while the horizon beyond is of the deepest ultramarine.
    • 1911, George Sterling, The House of Orchids[1]:
      Warm as a Lesbian valley's afternoon Made langourous with June
    • 8 August 2018, Ignatiy Vishnevetsky in AV Club, Jason Statham fighting a giant shark should be a lot more fun than The Meg
      After a languorous stretch of exposition that introduces a lot of pseudoscientific mumbo-jumbo and enough supporting characters to fill a Dickens novel (played by the likes of Rainn Wilson, Cliff Curtis, and Ruby Rose), we follow a three-person submersible down to the ocean depths.

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