30 November 2004

Word for the Day

abulia, also aboulia · \a-BU-lii-&; a-BYU-\ · noun:
:loss or impairment of the ability to act or to make decisions.

I was suffering from an aboulia, you know. I couldn’t seem to make decisions.
--Anatole Broyard, “Reading and Writing; (Enter Pound and Eliot),” New York Times, May 30, 1982

There’s little escape from her black hole of abulia.
--James Saynor, “Woman in the Midst of a Nervous Breakdown,” New York Times, June 12, 1994

abulic · adjective

Abulia derives from Greek a-, “without” + boule, “will.”

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