[ UK /lˈɪstləsnəs/ ]
  1. inactivity resulting from lethargy and lack of vigor or energy
  2. a feeling of lack of interest or energy
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How To Use listlessness In A Sentence

  • It struck him that the truly characteristic thing about modern life was not its cruelty and insecurity, but simply its bareness, its dinginess, its listlessness. Nineteen Eighty-four
  • Rather than titillate or horrify, MTV's Skins elicits a certain acedia -- a lingering spiritual listlessness or torpor that the ancients counted among the Seven Deadly Sins. Cathleen Falsani: MTV's Skins: Suffer The Little Children
  • But can't we have a little listlessness in our lives, some sloth, a dollop or two of drowsiness?
  • There is a sort of listlessness -- or, perhaps, more properly, reverie -- in which many indulge, which is as sinful as it is unprofitable; and there are modes of thinking and subjects of thought, which are, to say the least, unworthy of a rational, intelligent and immortal spirit. The Young Woman's Guide
  • For example, schizophrenia often is characterized by a deficit syndrome that includes anhedonia, listlessness, and general impoverishment of thought, speech, and affect.
  • Cally had stood listening with a kind of numbed listlessness, ready to go at the first opportunity, now that the real purpose of the interview was discharged. V. V.'s Eyes
  • Despite a mystifying listlessness of manner, so strange in a girl of fifteen, she charmed him.
  • Doctors do not know how many relapsed into mental listlessness or took the extreme step.
  • For listlessness and boredness and nothing-to-do-ness are the best of soils for the breeding of the worms that never stop gnawing. Mary Marston
  • Common population, especially for those with symptoms of bad appetite, pale face , listlessness and excretory difficulty.
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