tedium

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Francesco Brunery's painting A Tedious Conference (19th–20th century), depicting clerics suffering from tedium during a meeting

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Latin taedium, from taedēre (to weary).

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tedium (usually uncountable, plural tediums)

  1. Boredom or tediousness; ennui.
    • 1826, Mary Shelley, The Last Man, part 1, chapter 8
      Yet active life was the genuine soil for his virtues; and he sometimes suffered tedium from the monotonous succession of events in our retirement.

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