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torpor Syllabification: tor·por
Pronunciation: /ˈtôrpər/

Definition of torpor in English:


A state of physical or mental inactivity; lethargy: they veered between apathetic torpor and hysterical fanaticism
More example sentences
  • 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.


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

Words that rhyme with torpor

gawper, pauper, warper
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