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assiduity

[as-i-doo-i-tee, -dyoo-] /ˌæs ɪˈdu ɪ ti, -ˈdyu-/
noun, plural assiduities.
1.
constant or close application or effort; diligence; industry.
2.
assiduities, devoted or solicitous attentions.
Origin of assiduity
1595-1605
From the Latin word assiduitās, dating back to 1595-1605. See assiduous, -ity
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  • His tutors always praised him for his assiduity and the trouble he took.

  • Moreover, it is the one mankind, if it could, would cultivate with the most assiduity.

  • But I am more obliged to you for your kindness and assiduity, than I am to him only for thinking of it.

    Imogen William Godwin
  • Mademoiselle Heinzleman's great test of all goodness was assiduity.

    Luttrell Of Arran Charles James Lever
  • Margarita had contrived to gain my interest by the assiduity of her attentions.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • Of course the news of my assiduity had spread all over the little town.

    'Twixt Land & Sea Joseph Conrad
  • Such zeal, success, and assiduity I did not believe could be expected.

  • Dye it therefore and thoroughly soak it with the assiduity of these cogitations.

    Meditations Marcus Aurelius
  • Then his muchuchos have to move about, and wait upon him with assiduity.

British Dictionary definitions for assiduity

assiduity

/ˌæsɪˈdjuːɪtɪ/
noun (pl) -ties
1.
constant and close application
2.
(often pl) devoted attention
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Word Origin and History for assiduity
n.

early 15c., from Latin assiduatem "continual presence," noun of quality from past participle stem of assiduus (see assiduous).

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