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Borrowed from French lassitude, from Latin lassitūdō (faintness, weariness), from lassus (faint, weary), perhaps for *ladtus, and thus akin to English late.



lassitude (countable and uncountable, plural lassitudes)

  1. Lethargy or lack of energy; fatigue.
  2. Listlessness or languor.


  • 1874, Marcus Clarke, For the Term of His Natural Life, Chapter VII
    Rufus Dawes, though his eyelids would scarcely keep open, and a terrible lassitude almost paralysed his limbs, eagerly drank in the whispered sentence.
  • 1919, W. Somerset Maugham, The Moon and Sixpence, chapter 25
    "Then it's No, darling?" he said at last.
    She gave a gesture of lassitude. She was exhausted.
    "The studio is yours. Everything belongs to you. If you want to bring him here, how can I prevent you?"
  • 2004, "Is Slacking the Only Way to Survive the Office?," The Scotsman (Edinburgh), 16 Aug,
    In order to appear busy, one should pace around the office clutching files.... The best part of this ancient ritual is that it tends to make one's colleagues look away—just in case you and your papers are going to interrupt their own lassitude.
  • 1930, Norman Lindsay, Redheap, Sydney: Ure Smith, published 1965, page 199:
    "Really!" he said, collapsing into lassitude. "It's too frightfully hot for singing."
  • 2004, Rob Hughes, "Soccer: The Olympic Flame Running Low on Fuel," International Herald Tribune (Paris), 11 Aug.,
    At Euro 2004 and the 2002 World Cup, Blatter commented this week, many stars were physically and mentally exhausted, and left an aftertaste of nonchalance and lassitude.


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From Latin lassitūdō (faintness, weariness), from lassus (faint, weary).


lassitude f (plural lassitudes)

  1. lassitude

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