indolence

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n indolence inactivity resulting from a dislike of work
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The chemicals indole and skatole, which help to account for the particular smell of human feces, are used as ingredients in perfume
    • Indolence Freedom from that which pains, or harasses, as toil, care, grief, etc. "I have ease, if it may not rather be called indolence ."
    • Indolence The quality or condition of being indolent; inaction, or lack of exertion of body or mind, proceeding from love of ease or aversion to toil; habitual idleness; indisposition to labor; laziness; sloth; inactivity. "Life spent in indolence , and therefore sad.""As there is a great truth wrapped up in “diligence,” what a lie, on the other hand, lurks at the root of our present use of the word “ indolence ”! This is from “in” and “doleo,” not to grieve; and indolence is thus a state in which we have no grief or pain; so that the word, as we now employ it, seems to affirm that indulgence in sloth and ease is that which would constitute for us the absence of all pain."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n indolence The state of being indolent.
    • n indolence Freedom from pain, grief, care, or trouble.
    • n indolence Love of ease; indisposition to labor; avoidance of exertion of mind or body; idleness; laziness.
    • n indolence Synonyms Sloth, slothfulness, inertness, sluggishness. See idle.
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Quotations

  • Thomas C. Haliburton
    Thomas C. Haliburton
    “Contentment is, after all, simply refined indolence.”
  • Lord Chesterfield
    Lord%20Chesterfield
    “I look upon indolence as a sort of suicide; for the man is effectually destroyed, though the appetites of the brute may survive.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. indolentia, freedom from pain: cf. F. indolence,

Usage

In literature:

Signs of indolence and neglect were every where visible.
"The Andes and the Amazon" by James Orton
This advantage was reserved to the present king, the weakest and most indolent.
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.I., Part B. From Henry III. to Richard III." by David Hume
Mrs. Mallory was like steel beneath the soft and indolent surface.
"The Yukon Trail" by William MacLeod Raine
The bodies of these indolent fellows seldom wake up all at once.
"The Bobbin Boy" by William M. Thayer
Man is naturally lazy, and wealth induces indolence.
"How to Succeed" by Orison Swett Marden
Attorney Langford's shrewdness and indolence were alternately intermittent.
"Campfire Girls at Twin Lakes" by Stella M. Francis
It encouraged indolence and savagery of habit and nature.
"History of the United States, Vol. I (of VI)" by E. Benjamin Andrews
Nor did he misunderstand his indolent friend.
"Follow My leader" by Talbot Baines Reed
The most remarkable are, indolence, extravagance, and infidelity to their engagements.
"The Writings of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
Gladstone constantly reproaches himself for natural indolence, and for a year and a half he took his college course pretty easily.
"The Life of William Ewart Gladstone, Vol. 1 (of 3)" by John Morley
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In poetry:

"The active life of Labour gives no room
To that dull spleen the Indolent endure;
Generous cares dispel our mental gloom,
And Industry is Melancholy's cure.
"Love's Triumph" by Nathaniel Bloomfield
It was a stallion, trampling the skies
To rags of lightning with his glittering shoes.
It was a childish god with lazy eyes,
It was an indolent and reckless Muse.
"The Golden Corpse" by Stephen Vincent Benet
The miser seehis harden'd heart,
Against compassion steeling;
Thus reasoning in his own defence,
"When thousands starve thro' indolence,
" 'Tis madness to be feeling."
"A Fragment" by Elizabeth Bath
Happiness, to some, elation;
Is, to others, mere stagnation.
Days of passive somnolence,
At its wildest, indolence.
Hours of empty quietness,
No delight, and no distress.
"Happiness" by Amy Lowell
Now the sleek courtier, indolent and vain,
Throned in the splendid carriage, glides supine,
To taint his virtue with a foreign stain,
Or at a favourite board his faith resign.
"Elegy XXI. Taking a View of the Country From His Retirement" by William Shenstone
Behave not there with listless indolence,
But do thy work, whilst life endures, with care:
For cursed is the man, who void of sense
Performs God's work without respect or fear.
"Things, Which A Person Ought To Meditate Upon, On The Lord's-Day," by Rees Prichard

In news:

Cosmic indolence on the cheap.
It is rich in antioxidants, notably indole-3-carbinol (I-3-C), which research indicates may help protect against cancers and heart disease.
When was the last time you felt indolent .
While I spent much of law school covering up indolent underachievement with the good fortune of having a quick tongue and fluent pen, Judge Kravitz pushed and prodded me to think more deeply and explore more thoroughly.
When winter arrives, the famished grasshopper asks for help, only to be rebuked by the ant for his past indolence.
In Aesop's fable, an ant works all summer to gather food and is asked by an indolent grasshopper to share the food in the winter.
Do-nothing legislators hit the re-election trail, demonstrating how federal tax dollars are truly wasted on payouts to the indolent.
The lure of indolence is palpable, Ted 's effusions endearing.
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In science:

Nevertheless, it is the main position of this author that such reservations and phobias have to be put aside in the dawn of the new millennium, for in the end they only present inertia to, and create an attitude of pessimism (invariably resulting to indolence) in the development of theoretical physics.
`Iconoclastic', Categorical Quantum Gravity
But indolence phenomenon occurred to aim the position (Settling time). And steady state error recorded around 8 deg.
Heading Lock Maneuver Testing of Autonomous Underwater Vehicle
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