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English noun: phlegm

1. phlegm (feeling) apathy demonstrated by an absence of emotional reactions

Synonymsemotionlessness, impassiveness, impassivity, indifference, stolidity, unemotionality

Broader (hypernym)apathy

2. phlegm (body) expectorated matter; saliva mixed with discharges from the respiratory passages; in ancient and medieval physiology it was believed to cause sluggishness


Broader (hypernym)mucous secretion, mucus

3. phlegm (attribute) inactivity; showing an unusual lack of energy

SamplesThe general appearance of sluggishness alarmed his friends.

Synonymsflatness, languor, lethargy, sluggishness

Broader (hypernym)inactiveness, inactivity, inertia

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