Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Word of the day: inanition

The word of the day is inanition:
  1. exhaustion from lack of nourishment; starvation.
  2. lack of vigor; lethargy.

"On the pavement, Bernhardt erected his tripod and his tilted umbrella, and I prepared myself to enter the usual trance of inanition—forgetting that in this part of Eurasia, at least for now, there was no longer any small talk."

 - Martin Amis, "Oktober", 7 December 2015 The New Yorker (http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/12/07/oktober)

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