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[in-dl-uh ns]
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  1. the quality or state of being indolent.
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Origin of indolence

1595–1605; < Latin indolentia freedom from pain; see indolent, -ence
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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.

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    W. H. Hudson

  • And he was also indolent, with the indolence which is so often the secret of good nature.

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    Joseph Conrad

  • He forbore touching that mystery out of love, timidity, and indolence.

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    Joseph Conrad

  • Repeatedly he requested the Admiralty that they would not leave him to rust in indolence.

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).

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