- the quality or state of being indolent.
Origin of indolence
Examples from the Web for indolence
So why do we hear so many professors describe their pupils as hostile to learning, with a leavening of indolence?Everyone Should Go to College
August 28, 2011
He was an athletic man, and the indolence of camp life did not suit him as it did Yates.In the Midst of Alarms
He told me that indolence and the use of stimulants was the cause of my bad health.Green Mansions
W. H. Hudson
He forbore touching that mystery out of love, timidity, and indolence.
And he was also indolent, with the indolence which is so often the secret of good nature.
Repeatedly he requested the Admiralty that they would not leave him to rust in indolence.The Life of Horatio Lord Nelson
Word Origin and History for indolence
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).