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[in-dl-uh ns] /ˈɪn dl əns/
the quality or state of being indolent.
Origin of indolence
1595-1605; < Latin indolentia freedom from pain; see indolent, -ence Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • He was an athletic man, and the indolence of camp life did not suit him as it did Yates.

  • He told me that indolence and the use of stimulants was the cause of my bad health.

    Green Mansions W. H. Hudson
  • And he was also indolent, with the indolence which is so often the secret of good nature.

    The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
  • He forbore touching that mystery out of love, timidity, and indolence.

    The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
  • Repeatedly he requested the Admiralty that they would not leave him to rust in indolence.

  • But man was not born for the indolence of pleasure and the uniformity of fruition.

    Imogen William Godwin
  • I would let you have a reasonable amount of indolence and rest.

  • Much more of their time they pass in indolence, resigned to sleep and repasts.

  • People were apt to fancy that she was patient to a degree of indolence.

    The Memoirs of Cardinal de Retz, Complete Jean Francois Paul de Gondi, Cardinal de Retz
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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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