- indoleacetic acid,
- indolebutyric acid,
- indolent bubo,
Origin of indolence
Examples from the Web for indolence
So why do we hear so many professors describe their pupils as hostile to learning, with a leavening of indolence?
Shall we form our customs on the principle that labor is degrading, and indolence genteel?A Treatise on Domestic Economy|Catherine Esther Beecher
Accustomed to a warm climate and to a life of indolence, they find themselves perfectly comfortable and happy in the new country.Travels and Adventures of Monsieur Violet|Captain Marryat
Indolence benumbs his feeble intellect, and inflames his passions.
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).