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hebetude Line breaks: hebe|tude
Pronunciation: /ˈhɛbɪtjuːd/

Definition of hebetude in English:


[mass noun] literary
The state of being dull or lethargic: after convalescence I would probably fall back into hebetude
More example sentences
  • It had only been twenty minutes into the lesson when Jenny soon found herself being pulled into an inescapable state of hebetude.
  • The inept mayor's re-election would depend entirely on the hebetude of the townspeople, he thought.
  • So you think you are saving yourselves from madness, but you are falling into mediocrity, into hebetude.


Early 17th century: from late Latin hebetudo, from hebes, hebet- 'blunt'.

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