boredom vs tedium what difference

what is difference between boredom and tedium

English

Etymology

From bore +‎ -dom.

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈbɔː.dəm/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈbɔɹ.dəm/

Noun

boredom (usually uncountable, plural boredoms)

  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

Related terms

  • bore
  • bored
  • boring

Translations

See also

  • accidie
  • acedia
  • ennui

Anagrams

  • bed-room, bedroom, broomed


English

Alternative forms

  • taedium
  • tædium (dated)

Etymology

Latin taedium, from taedēre (to weary).

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈtiː.di.əm/
  • Rhymes: -iːdiəm

Noun

tedium (usually uncountable, plural tediums or tedia)

  1. Boredom or tediousness; ennui.
    • 1826, Mary Shelley, The Last Man, part 1, chapter 8
      Yet active life was the genuine soil for his virtues; and he sometimes suffered tedium from the monotonous succession of events in our retirement.
    • 1975, Saul Bellow, Humboldt’s Gift [Avon ed., 1976, p. 192]:
      Nothing actual ever suits pure expectation and such purity of expectation is a great source of tedium.

Synonyms

  • boredom, drudgery, ennui, tediousness

Related terms

  • taedium vitae
  • tedious

Translations


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