[in-dl-uh ns]


the quality or state of being indolent.

Origin of indolence

1595–1605; < Latin indolentia freedom from pain; see indolent, -ence Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for indolence

laziness, idleness, disinclination, procrastination

Examples from the Web for indolence

Contemporary Examples of indolence

  • So why do we hear so many professors describe their pupils as hostile to learning, with a leavening of indolence?

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    Andrew Hacker

    August 28, 2011

Historical Examples of indolence

  • 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

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

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    Joseph Conrad

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

    The Secret Agent

    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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper