So why do we hear so many professors describe their pupils as hostile to learning, with a leavening of indolence?
The only "indolence" we see has been devoted to the execution, for it is slovenly to a degree.
On the other hand, they were attracted by visions of indolence and savage freedom from care.
At first the resumption of routine after years of indolence was irksome and exhausting.
A life of indolence and luxury had bred a certain air of imperiousness in her.
I would take them by their selfishness, their indolence, their interest.
Is it no loss that 300,000 men are drunkards, and are the slaves of indolence and want?
They cultivate corn and other fruits of the earth with more industry than German indolence commonly exerts.
But this is occasioned by that indolence and want of discipline to which we have just alluded.
indolence and inefficiency among the whites, was another prominent feature in slaveholding Barbadoes.
c.1600, "insensitivity to pain," from French indolence (16c.), from Latin indolentia "freedom from pain, insensibility," noun of action from indolentem (nominative indolens) "insensitive to pain," used by Jerome to render Greek apelgekos in Ephesians; from Latin in- "not, opposite of, without" (see in- (1)) + dolentem (nominative dolens) "grieving," present participle of dolere "suffer pain." Sense of "laziness" (1710) is from notion of "avoiding trouble" (cf. taking pains).