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What word describes the situation where you have to stay in a boring condition for a long time? For example when a doctor tells you you have to stay in bed for two days without leaving it at all! The words that come to my mind are "boring" and "tedious". I just thought there might be a better word choice.

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Have you tried an on-line thesaurus for 'boring' or 'tedious'? –  Mitch Feb 21 '12 at 14:52
    
@Mitch I did but there were a lot of synonyms and I wasn't sure which one to choose. –  Meysam Feb 21 '12 at 15:04
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I think there might be more of a tendency to associate "boredom" with having nothing specific to do, and "tedium" with repetitive mindless activity. But that's only a tendency at best - both "boring" and "tedious" are equally applicable in OP's context, and there's no reason to look for some other, less common, alternative. –  FumbleFingers Feb 21 '12 at 15:20
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I think the word is "school". Though some say the word is "marriage". –  Jay Feb 21 '12 at 15:30
    
Can you give some context then so we can help you narrow things down? If there's no restriction, then trivially any synonym will work (which is probably not what is wanted). 'Boring' and 'tedious' sound just fine for your situation. 'Tedious' has the connotation of experiencing something repetitive, where 'boring' can apply to nothing at all happening, or to something that is just not interesting. –  Mitch Feb 21 '12 at 18:17

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For a single word, I'd suggest comatose (characterized by lethargic inertness). With a little more licence, you could whine about your listless indolence and the dreary dullness, the unfaltering vapidity, the torpid tedium, or the monotonous lassitude that appear to have taken over your days ... There really is no end to words describing boredom.

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The word for the situation, as opposed to the state is dreary; continuous, boring and unpleasant.

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In the doldrums. (Wikipedia)
The Doldrums in the Phantom Tollbooth inhabited by the Lethargarians who do nothing all day, a place where "nothing ever happens and nothing ever changes".

doldrums (Merriam-Webster)
a state of temporary inactivity: the theater scene is usually in the doldrums during the summer

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+1 But, I don't think that the literary reference is really all that popular. IMO, explaining the maritime usage will be far more useful instead. –  coleopterist Oct 15 '12 at 6:15

Boring, tedious, raylay, retarded, slow or not fun.

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A "stronger" word is to vegetate (to be a "vegetable").

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-1 I don't think vegetating correlates at all strongly with boring. People described as "vegetating" aren't normally particularly aware of being "bored". And people who say they're going to veg out normally consider this a self-indulgent luxury (per @slim's point). –  FumbleFingers Feb 21 '12 at 15:15
    
-1 Too strong; too far. –  Kris Feb 22 '12 at 7:01

You may use monotonous.

monotonous:tediously repetitious or lacking in variety

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monotonous can be boring, but not by definition. –  Kris Feb 22 '12 at 7:00

Two days in bed? I'd call it luxury.

Doing something boring for a really long time can be described as being "stuck in a rut". It's a metaphor for a wheel that can't leave the groove it's made in the ground.

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