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  • 1Extreme tiredness; fatigue.

    ‘he began to feel weariness’
    • ‘This time, I've not been sleeping from weariness.’
    • ‘Virtually worn out by the life he has led, there is a weariness in his character's every movement.’
    • ‘He ran a hand through his unkempt dark hair with undisguised weariness.’
    • ‘Even at the end of a particularly exhausting day of training Valery can make the others forget their weariness.’
    • ‘Arsenal shook off their recent weariness to force Chelsea aside in this sixth-round replay.’
    • ‘His breathing was rapid and shallow and the sorrow and weariness in his eyes were very apparent.’
    • ‘But I was overcome with weariness, and so I went to bed.’
    • ‘However, as weariness set in, Leeds hit a late treble to finish the game.’
    • ‘Her voice hoarse, she conceded some weariness from the lengthy campaign, saying her decision to take off the Easter weekend had only allowed exhaustion to set in.’
    • ‘Only her slightly erratic movements and an obvious weariness remind you that for the past 25 years she has suffered from Parkinson's disease.’
    • ‘While others complain of weariness, this team are more vivacious than ever.’
    • ‘Rogers, Henderson and Nattiel all were in on that play and, by that point in the game, were fighting weariness.’
    • ‘It is claimed, probably incorrectly, that in social environments yawning and weariness are due to an accumulation of carbon dioxide.’
    • ‘I went into the office to find the offender, and saw a worried woman crumpled in a chair in the corner, wearing a look of weariness and doubt.’
    • ‘It was in moments like these that he felt his full age and more, the euphoria of command replaced by a lethargic weariness.’
    • ‘So with her busy schedule, my busy schedule and her general sense of weariness I told her to take an entire week off.’
    • ‘Excessive breathing of fumes causes headache, weariness, and irritation of the nose and throat.’
    • ‘My weariness was exacerbated by the cold chill of the air conditioning and the low lighting of the hotel room.’
    • ‘All her weariness left her, all her sadness and bitterness were gone, sorrow was far behind her.’
    • ‘Moreover, until the Ukrainian doctors diagnosed food poisoning we thought it was just weariness, resulting from his endless tours, rallies and meetings with people.’
  • 2Reluctance to see or experience any more of something.

    ‘hardship at home produced war-weariness’
    • ‘Her lawyer confirmed her client's increasing weariness over the delays.’
    • ‘Doubtless, the PM's strategy also depends on an increasing weariness over the subject among voters.’
    • ‘There is also a growing weariness in rural communities over the impacts of the recent war.’
    • ‘Still, we should not equate war weariness (prevalent during both wars) with lack of will or indifference.’
    • ‘Analysts said the public's weariness over the reform movement was due in part to its lack of direction.’
    • ‘An immense weariness overcomes me at the very thought of politics.’
    • ‘He was Lord Privy Seal in 1919-21, but then resigned, owing to ill health and a general weariness of office.’
    • ‘My evidence is anecdotal, but I detect a growing weariness among the public with his lust for power.’
    • ‘Maybe there's some reluctance and weariness about going through all the motions we require a person to make before he can be President.’
    • ‘As war weariness grew and as inflation both measured and helped to produce economic disaster, the situation rapidly deteriorated.’
    • ‘Frustration and weariness permeates most of the debate about the inequality of the healthcare system, with public waiting lists topping 29,000 in December.’
    • ‘What is the cause of the weariness of life which sometimes takes possession of people without any assignable reason?’
    • ‘This was rejected out of hand by the High Command, and by the summer of 1918 disillusionment and war weariness seriously undermined the army's effectiveness.’
    • ‘The vote was a sign of weariness with rampant cronyism in government and a rapidly declining economy.’
    • ‘Michael Caine really nailed the world weariness of his character, and his growing sense of anger and despair was completely sold through understatement.’
    • ‘I sense weariness with both liberals and conservatives who seem to disrespect others ' convictions and disregard concern for unity in the church.’
    • ‘Why should the prospect of another remake prompt groans and feelings of weariness?’
    • ‘On the contrary, Ionesco's personal opinion about the struggle for progress and human emancipation contains a world weariness that finds expression in almost every one of his plays.’
    • ‘In recent years there has been both a discernible weariness with the violent impasse and a growing desire for peace among the parties to the conflict.’
    • ‘If the vote does any good, it will be more by good luck and war weariness than good planning.’



/ˈwirēnəs/ /ˈwɪrinəs/