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Daemon
Posted: Thursday, September 23, 2021 12:00:00 AM
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languorous

(adjective) Lacking spirit or liveliness.

Synonyms: lackadaisical, languid, dreamy

Usage: The sun was low in the west, and the breeze soft and languorous that came up from the south, charged with the seductive odor of the sea.
lazarius
Posted: Thursday, September 23, 2021 1:16:34 AM

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Daemon wrote:


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It was a strange world that I entered when I grew well enough to mix during part of the day with my fellow-patients. In their different ways these people, some of whom had been in the sanatorium for years, were as singular as any of those I had met in the South Seas. Illness and the queer, sheltered life affected them strangely, twisting, strengthening, deteriorating their character just as in Samoa or Tahiti it was deteriorated, strengthened or twisted by the languorous climate and the alien environment. I think I learnt a good deal about human nature in that sanatorium that otherwise I should never have known.

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The Summing Up, by W. Somerset Maugham

Why one would need this word when there was an older one - languid - I do not quite understand:

https://books.google.com/ngrams/graph?content=languid%2Clanguorous&year_start=1800&year_end=2019&corpus=26&smoothing=3

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Mehrdad77
Posted: Thursday, September 23, 2021 1:33:32 AM

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languorous (adj.)
late 15c., "mournful," from Old French langoros "ill, ailing, suffering, languishing" (11c., Modern French langoureux), from langor "sickness, weakness" (see languor). Meaning "suggestive of languor, weariness, or want of energy," often with a suggestion of seductiveness, is from 1821. Related: Languorously; languorousness.
Mehrdad77
Posted: Thursday, September 23, 2021 1:34:44 AM

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When you are sick or heartbroken and too tired to get out of bed, the listlessness you feel is called languor. It's sluggishness and slowness, but usually with cause.

Mehrdad77
Posted: Thursday, September 23, 2021 1:36:05 AM

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The more commonly used word languish is closely related to languor. If you are languishing or becoming weaker, you are showing languor. Remember that languor implies a heaviness or slowness where there should be lightness or speed. There is no time for languor if you have an exam tomorrow, and you are just beginning to study now. And, a 100 degree day with 70% humidity can inspire languor in just about anyone.

Emel Rapchan
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Adyl Mouhei
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"Women's hands, heavy with diamonds, stirred coffee in tiny cups or alighted playfully on a neighboring sleeve. Young men's hands, with costly cuff links and the slimmest of watches, waved languorously at wine buckets and waiters."


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