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  1. working energetically and devotedly; hard-working; diligent: an industrious person.
  2. Obsolete. skillful.
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Origin of industrious

1525–35; < Middle French industrie “cleverness, skill,” from Old French industrie “contrivance, device,” from Latin industrius “diligent, assiduous”; equivalent to indo-, by-form of in-in-2 + -struus, noun derivative of struere “to arrange, devise, build”
Related formsin·dus·tri·ous·ly, adverbin·dus·tri·ous·ness, nounnon·in·dus·tri·ous, adjectivenon·in·dus·tri·ous·ly, adverbnon·in·dus·tri·ous·ness, nounsu·per·in·dus·tri·ous, adjectivesu·per·in·dus·tri·ous·ly, adverbsu·per·in·dus·tri·ous·ness, nounun·in·dus·tri·ous, adjectiveun·in·dus·tri·ous·ly, adverb
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  • These were the Wakavirondo, a tribe noted for its industriousness.

  • It bustled about the big steamer with an industriousness that seemed almost frantic.

    The Man From Brodney's

    George Barr McCutcheon

  • The Dutch and Flemish Baroque artists celebrated results of industriousness through mythological themes.

  • A complex system of incentives and disincentives drives the workforce to dedication and industriousness.

    After the Rain

    Sam Vaknin

  • The whole area was under Roman rule and was subjected to the industriousness and meticulousness of Empire.

    After the Rain

    Sam Vaknin

British Dictionary definitions for industriousness


  1. hard-working, diligent, or assiduous
  2. an obsolete word for skilful
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Derived Formsindustriously, adverbindustriousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for industriousness



"characterized by energy, effort, and attention," 1520s (implied in industriously), from Middle French industrieux and directly from Late Latin industriosus, from Latin industria (see industry). Retains the etymological sense. Related: Industriousness.

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