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hebetude

Postby LukeJavan8 » Sun Jun 13, 2010 12:26 pm

=Hebetude:hebetude \HEB-uh-tood-; -tyood\, noun:

Mental dullness or sluggishness.

William Hazlitt considered Wordsworth's success an accident of history. "Had he lived in any other period ... he would never have been heard of. As it is, he has some difficulty to contend with the hebetude of his intellect."
-- Cristina Nehring, "The Gang: Coleridge, The Hutchinsons & The Wordsworths In 1802." (Review), American Scholar, June 22, 2001
Earlier on, when we merely democratized fame, we defended the right of any mouth-breather to rise from deserved obscurity on the strength of his God-given hebetude.
-- Florence King, "The misanthrope's corner", National Review, May 18, 1998
From that solitude, full of despair and terror, he was torn out brutally, with kicks and blows, passive, sunk in hebetude.
-- Joseph Conrad, Nostromo
Hebetude derives ultimately from Latin hebes, "blunt, dull, mentally dull, sluggish, stupid." The adjective form is hebetudinous.
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Postby Slava » Fri Oct 08, 2010 8:48 pm

I must be mentally dull or sluggish. Can you believe I've always pronounced this as HE-be-tood? Perhaps by analogy with heebie-jeebies? Too bad the meanings don't line up much, eh?

Excellent word, though, despite my bad language.
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Postby LukeJavan8 » Fri Oct 08, 2010 8:58 pm

I have no problem with the meanings.
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Postby Slava » Fri Oct 08, 2010 9:05 pm

LukeJavan8 wrote:I have no problem with the meanings.
I'm curious, how would you compare or match up the meanings of heebie-jeebies with hebetude?

As in, how does "a condition of extreme nervousness caused by fear, worry, strain, etc.; the jitters; the willies," not differ wildly from mental dullness or sluggishness?

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Postby LukeJavan8 » Fri Oct 08, 2010 9:17 pm

You did it for me.

Ever been in a hospital mental ward?
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