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[ in-duhs-tree-uhs ]


  1. working energetically and devotedly; hardworking; diligent:

    an industrious person.

    Synonyms: energetic, tireless, sedulous, persevering, assiduous

    Antonyms: indolent, lazy

  2. Obsolete. skillful.


/ ɪnˈdʌstrɪəs /


  1. hard-working, diligent, or assiduous
  2. an obsolete word for skilful

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Derived Forms

  • inˈdustriousness, noun
  • inˈdustriously, adverb

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Other Words From

  • in·dus·tri·ous·ly adverb
  • in·dus·tri·ous·ness noun
  • non·in·dus·tri·ous adjective
  • non·in·dus·tri·ous·ly adverb
  • su·per·in·dus·tri·ous adjective
  • su·per·in·dus·tri·ous·ly adverb
  • un·in·dus·tri·ous adjective
  • un·in·dus·tri·ous·ly adverb

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Word History and Origins

Origin of industrious1

First recorded in 1525–35; from Middle French industrie “cleverness, skill,” from Old French industrie “contrivance, device,” from Latin industrius “diligent, assiduous”; equivalent to indo-, by-form of in- “in” ( in- 2( def ) + -struus, noun derivative of struere “to arrange, devise, build”

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Synonym Study

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Example Sentences

I say this in the piece, that a not particularly industrious 16-year-old possesses the power to surveil on a level formerly reserved for the KGB.

From Vox

In the real world, wild animals are extra industrious — and not because of human prodding.

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While the Pritom 7-inch tablet is a far cry from the dignified and industrious iPad, this budget-priced Android tablet for kids can accomplish the basics such as watching YouTube and playing games.

After all, that’s how all these sites came to exist in the first place, by industrious Americans driving upon nature and rutting back and forth until the turf was flat enough for a good night’s rest.

My industrious father and grandfather both retired at 70 and, perhaps to their surprise, enjoyed it.

The Moravians were an industrious, inventive, highly organized, devout people who valued education for all.

There were plenty of lovable, responsible, industrious “good role models” for my parents to try to push on me.

Empire, Rhodes seemed to think, was just the honest result of industrious work.

Because it lacks the stylish voice of a hard-boiled detective noir, it sometimes feels coldly industrious.

Corruption is so endemic that one industrious Czech started a corruption safari bus tour.

A good neighbour and a regular church-goer, honest and industrious—let us hope that these qualities will be taken into account.

An industrious housewife, she hummed the hymns of contentment and peace from morning till evening.

There must be something wrong with a social system which permits one idle peer to ruin hundreds of industrious producers.

An offer which Jane received from a very honest, industrious, and thrifty jeweler, aroused anew a mother's maternal solicitude.

He complained that he had gone to see a great prince, and had found only an industrious shipwright.





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