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Word of the Day [02 Aug 2004|11:34am]
hebetude \HEB-uh-tood ("oo" as in "food")\ noun
: lethargy, dullness

The dullness of "hebetude" tends to lean toward mental dullness,
often marked by laziness or torpor.." "Hebetude" comes from Late Latin
"hebetudo," which means pretty much the same thing as our word. It is
also closely related to the Latin word for "dull" -- "hebes," which
has extended meanings such as "obtuse," "doltish," and "stupid."
Other "hebe-" words in English include "hebetudinous" ("marked by
hebetude") and "hebetate" ("to make dull").
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