- diligent in application or attention; persevering; assiduous.
- persistently or carefully maintained: sedulous flattery.
Origin of sedulous
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Examples from the Web for sedulous
But if these gallants were sedulous, she was correspondingly indifferent.Under the Rose</p>
Frederic Stewart Isham
But there is nothing young in this sedulous suppression of toil.American Sketches
She wondered what sort of herbs they were, which the old man was so sedulous to gather.The Scarlet Letter
"Will you kindly leave the room," he said to the sedulous Mary.Cripps, the Carrier</p>
R. D. (Richard Doddridge) Blackmore
He was, however, not often aware of this sedulous espionage.The Destroying Angel</p>
Louis Joseph Vance
- constant or persistent in use or attention; assiduous; diligent
Word Origin and History for sedulous
1530s, from Latin sedulus "attentive, painstaking, diligent, busy, zealous," probably from sedulo (adv.) "sincerely, diligently," from sedolo "without deception or guile," from se- "without, apart" (see secret) + dolo, ablative of dolus "deception, guile," cognate with Greek dolos "ruse, snare." Related: Sedulously; sedulousness.