boredom
Pronunciation
  • (British) IPA: /ˈbɔː.dəm/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈbɔɹ.dəm/
Noun

boredom (uncountable)

  1. (uncountable) The state of being bored.
    • 1852, Charles Dickens, Bleak House, Chapter XII
      […] only last Sunday, my Lady, in the desolation of Boredom and the clutch of Giant Despair, almost hated her own maid for being in spirits.
  2. (countable) An instance or period of being bored; A bored state.
    • 1995, Martin Heidegger, William McNeill, Nicholas Walker (translators), The Fundamental Concepts of Metaphysics: World, Finitude, Solitude, page 107 ↗,
      If we are seeking a more original conception of boredom then we must also correspondingly endeavour to envisage a more original form of boredom, thus presumably a boredom in which we become more bored than in the situation we have characterized.
    • See more citations at boredoms.
Synonyms
  • (state of being bored) ennui
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