An example of lethargy is how someone would feel after taking a sedative.
- a condition of abnormal drowsiness or torpor
- a great lack of energy; sluggishness, dullness, apathy, etc.
Origin of lethargyMiddle English litarge from Old French from Late Latin lethargia from Classical Greek l?thargia from l?thargos, forgetful from l?th? (see Lethe) + argos, idle from a-, not + ergon, work
- a. A lack of energy or vigor; sluggishness.b. A lack of interest or enthusiasm; apathy: held a pep rally to shake the students out of their lethargy.
- Medicine An abnormal state of drowsiness, as caused by disease or drugs.
Origin of lethargyMiddle English letargie from Old French from Late Latin lēthārgia from Greek lēthārgiā from lēthārgos forgetful lēthē forgetfulness ārgos idle ( a- without ; see a- 1. ) ( ergon work ; see werg- in Indo-European roots.)
(countable and uncountable, plural lethargies)
From Latin lÄ“thargia, from Ancient Greek Î»Î·Î¸Î±ÏÎ³Î¯Î± (lÄ“thargia, “drowsiness"), from Î»Î®Î¸Î±ÏÎ³Î¿Ï‚ (lÄ“thargos, “forgetful, lethargic"), from Î»Î®Î¸Î· (lÄ“thÄ“, “forgetfulness") + á¼€ÏÎ³ÏŒÏ‚ (argos, “not working").