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Definition of Tedium

  TEDIUM   noun
Ennui, the state or condition of one that is bored.  Many fanciful derivations of the word have been affirmed, but so high an authority as Father Jape says that it comes from a very obvious source -- the first words of the ancient Latin hymn Te Deum Laudamus.  In this apparently natural derivation there is something that saddens.

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The Devil's Dictionary
by Ambrose Bierce, 1911


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