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Francesco Brunery's painting A Tedious Conference (c. 1900), depicting clerics suffering from tedium during a meeting

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Old French tedieus, from Late Latin taediōsus, from Latin taedium (weariness, tedium).


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈtiː.dɪəs/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈti.di.əs/, /ˈti.dʒəs/
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  • Rhymes: -iːdiəs


tedious (comparative more tedious, superlative most tedious)

  1. Boring, monotonous, time-consuming, wearisome.
    • 1851, Arthur Schopenhauer, chapter 2, in The Art of Literature[1]:
      The very fact that these commonplace authors are never more than half-conscious when they write, would be enough to account for their dullness of mind and the tedious things they produce.
    • 1851, Arthur Schopenhauer, chapter 2, in The Art of Literature[2]:
      The other kind of tediousness is only relative: a reader may find a work dull because he has no interest in the question treated of in it, and this means that his intellect is restricted. The best work may, therefore, be tedious subjectively, tedious.


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