Origin of sloth
Synonyms for sloth
Examples from the Web for sloth
Hard-wired into the psyche of many is the idea that somehow time off is akin to sloth.Obama’s Extravagant Summer Break? More Like, America’s Vacation-Deficit Disorder|Clive Irving|August 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This disease was thought to stem from bad climate, and sloth.When TB Was a Death Sentence: An Excerpt From ‘The Remedy’|Thomas Goetz|April 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Here are the Russians, they will punish us for our sloth and hubris, but if we make Johnny read better!Sunday Q&A: Josef Joffe on the Myth of American Decline|Michael Moynihan|November 17, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Thanksgiving is about sloth and gluttony, as well as a dash of envy and greed.Eat Turkey All You Want! It’s Not Going to Put You to Sleep|Kent Sepkowitz|November 22, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The conservative narrative would be built around some idea of liberal licentiousness or sloth or some such.Quasi-Random Responses to Comments from the Previous Thread|Michael Tomasky|August 29, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Sloth and superstition equally counterwork providence, and render the bounty of heaven of no effect.The History of Emily Montague|Frances Brooke
Mortify the flesh, and keep it in an obedient dependence on the soul, and you will not be captivated by sloth.A Christian Directory (Volume 1 of 4)|Richard Baxter
All my poor people, all the hands now actively employed in this spot, would again pine away and be condemned to beggary and sloth.
The sloth of the assembly (unavoidable from their number) has done the most sensible injury to the public cause.
Seek out the unfrequented path of prayer;—choked it may be with the weeds of forgetfulness and sloth.The Hart and the Water-Brooks;|John R. Macduff
Word Origin for sloth
late 12c., "indolence, sluggishness," formed from Middle English slou, slowe (see slow (adj.)) + abstract formative -th (2). Replaced Old English slæwð "sloth, indolence." Sense of "slowness, tardiness" is from mid-14c. As one of the deadly sins, it translates Latin accidia.
The slow-moving mammal first so called 1610s, a translation of Portuguese preguiça "slowness, slothfulness," from Latin pigritia "laziness" (cf. Spanish perezosa "slothful," also "the sloth").