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  1. acedia.
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Origin of accidie

1200–50; Middle English < Medieval Latin accīdia (alteration of Late Latin acēdia acedia); replacing Middle English accide < Old French
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Historical Examples of accidie

  • Envye and Ire maken bitternesse in herte; which bitternesse is moder of Accidie and binimeth him the love of alle goodnesse.

    Medieval English Nunneries c. 1275 to 1535

    Eileen Edna Power

  • Such was the deadly sin of accidie, the name of which is forgotten today, though the thing itself is with us still.

  • For Envye blindeth the herte of a man, and Ire troubleth a man; and Accidie maketh him hevy, thoghtful and wrawe.

  • Greek ἀκηδία; whence acedia or accidia in Latin; English accidie.

  • During the great war the disease of accidie was prevalent in prison camps, as any account of Ruhleben shows very clearly.

British Dictionary definitions for accidie



  1. spiritual sloth; apathy; indifference
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Word Origin for accidie

in use c13 to c16 and revived c19: via Late Latin from Greek akēdia, from a- 1 + kēdos care
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