Tedium is the state of being really bored while doing something repetitive. You may loathe the tedium of eating dinner with the family — after all, what is more boring than talking to mom and dad, especially if you could be texting friends?

The noun tedium comes from the Latin root word taedere, meaning "to weary of," and that's still what tedium means today: bored and weary of it all. The noun can also mean a tedious period of time — school concerts and assemblies are always two hours of tedium. Tedious is a related adjective form of the word. In order to relieve the tedium of homework, you should pick less tedious tasks, try fencing or painting to add some excitement to the day.

Definitions of tedium
  1. noun
    the feeling of being bored by something tedious
    synonyms: boredom, ennui
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    a general feeling of boredom and dissatisfaction
    (always used with a modifier) boredom resulting from overexposure to something
    type of:
    the feeling of being displeased and discontent
  2. noun
    dullness owing to length or slowness
    synonyms: tediousness, tiresomeness
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    something tedious and boring
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    banality, dullness
    the quality of lacking interestingness
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