acedia

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n acedia apathy and inactivity in the practice of virtue (personified as one of the deadly sins)
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n acedia An abnormal mental condition, characterized by carelessness, listlessness, fatigue, and want of interest in affairs.
    • n acedia A Cuban name for a species of tongue-fish or sole, Symphurus plagusia.
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Usage

In literature:

He knew that he had that sentimental disorder which he called 'acedia,' and wished to be rid of it.
"The Development of the Feeling for Nature in the Middle Ages and Modern Times" by Alfred Biese
ACEDIA (Late L.), sloth, indifference.
"Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 4 of 4: S-Z and supplements)" by Various
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In news:

How can a few words from a psalm that I say upon waking be all I need to begin again, after I have been worn down to almost nothing by acedia .
N his classical discussion of the subject in the "Summa Theologica," Aquinas termed Sloth, or acedia, one of the seven capital sins.
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