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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

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

    Medieval English Nunneries c. 1275 to 1535

    Eileen Edna Power

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

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

  • 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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