Definition of torpor in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtôrpər/


A state of physical or mental inactivity; lethargy: they veered between apathetic torpor and hysterical fanaticism
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  • Where physical torpor leads, mental atrophy is sure to follow.
  • The chorus has that air of resigned lethargy and torpor which regularly lowers over those with little or no hope.
  • The consequences you described to a friend: extreme torpor, fatigue, dizzy spells in public places, frayed nerves.
lethargy, sluggishness, inertia, inactivity, lifelessness, listlessness, languor, lassitude, laziness, idleness, indolence, sloth, acedia, passivity, somnolence, weariness, sleepiness


Late Middle English: from Latin, from torpere 'be numb or sluggish'.

Words that rhyme with torpor

gawper, pauper, warper

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Syllabification: tor·por

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