- working energetically and devotedly; hard-working; diligent: an industrious person.
- Obsolete. skillful.
Origin of industrious
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Examples from the Web for industriousness
After the writing comes a new challenge, one of industriousness, perseverance, and charm.The Book-Club Hustlers
July 6, 2009
These were the Wakavirondo, a tribe noted for its industriousness.Seven Legs Across the Seas
It bustled about the big steamer with an industriousness that seemed almost frantic.The Man From Brodney's
George Barr McCutcheon
The Dutch and Flemish Baroque artists celebrated results of industriousness through mythological themes.The Civilization of Illiteracy
A complex system of incentives and disincentives drives the workforce to dedication and industriousness.
The whole area was under Roman rule and was subjected to the industriousness and meticulousness of Empire.
- hard-working, diligent, or assiduous
- an obsolete word for skilful
Word Origin and History for industriousness
"characterized by energy, effort, and attention," 1520s (implied in industriously), from Middle French industrieux and directly from Late Latin industriosus, from Latin industria (see industry). Retains the etymological sense. Related: Industriousness.