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Meaning of INDOLENCE

Pronunciation:  'indluns

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[n]  inactivity resulting from a dislike of work
 

INDOLENCE is a 9 letter word that starts with I.

 

 Synonyms: laziness
 
 See Also: faineance, idleness, inactiveness, inactivity, inertia, shiftlessness

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\In"do*lence\, n. [L. indolentia freedom from pain:
cf. F. indolence.]
1. Freedom from that which pains, or harasses, as toil, care,
   grief, etc. [Obs.]

         I have ease, if it may not rather be called
         indolence.                            --Bp. Hough.

2. The quality or condition of being indolent; inaction, or
   want of exertion of body or mind, proceeding from love of
   ease or aversion to toil; habitual idleness; indisposition
   to labor; laziness; sloth; inactivity.

         Life spent in indolence, and therefore sad.
                                               --Cowper.

         As there is a great truth wrapped up in
         ``diligence,'' what a lie, on the other hand, lurks
         at the root of our present use of the word
         ``indolence''! This is from ``in'' and ``doleo,''
         not to grieve; and indolence is thus a state in
         which we have no grief or pain; so that the word, as
         we now employ it, seems to affirm that indulgence in
         sloth and ease is that which would constitute for us
         the absence of all pain.              --Trench.

 
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