Languid vs. Languish

By Jaxson

  • Languid

    Fatigue is a subjective feeling of tiredness that has a gradual onset. Unlike weakness, fatigue can be alleviated by periods of rest. Fatigue can have physical or mental causes. Physical fatigue is the transient inability of a muscle to maintain optimal physical performance, and is made more severe by intense physical exercise. Mental fatigue is a transient decrease in maximal cognitive performance resulting from prolonged periods of cognitive activity. It can manifest as somnolence, lethargy, or directed attention fatigue.Medically, fatigue is a non-specific symptom, which means that it has many possible causes and accompanies many different conditions. Fatigue is considered a symptom, rather than a sign, because it is a subjective feeling reported by the patient, rather than an objective one that can be observed by others. Fatigue and ‘feelings of fatigue’ are often confused.

  • Languid (adjective)

    Lacking enthusiasm, energy, or strength; drooping or flagging from weakness, fatigue, or lack of energy

    “languid movements”

    “languid breathing”

  • Languid (adjective)

    Heavy; dull; dragging; wanting spirit or animation; listless; apathetic.

  • Languid (noun)

    A languet in an organ musical instrument.

  • Languish (verb)

    To lose strength and become weak; to be in a state of weakness or sickness. from 14th c.

  • Languish (verb)

    To pine away in longing for something; to have low spirits, especially from lovesickness. from 14th c.

    “He languished without his girlfriend”

  • Languish (verb)

    To live in miserable or disheartening conditions. from 15th c.

    “He languished in prison for years”

  • Languish (verb)

    To be neglected; to make little progress, be unsuccessful. from 17th c.

    “The case languished for years before coming to trial.”

  • Languish (verb)

    To make weak; to weaken, devastate. 15th-17th c.

  • Languish (verb)

    To affect a languid air, especially disingenuously. from 18th c.


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