sedulous

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj sedulous marked by care and persistent effort "her assiduous attempts to learn French","assiduous research","sedulous pursuit of legal and moral principles"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Sedulous Diligent in application or pursuit; constant, steady, and persevering in business, or in endeavors to effect an object; steadily industrious; assiduous; as, the sedulous bee. "What signifies the sound of words in prayer, without the affection of the heart, and a sedulous application of the proper means that may naturally lead us to such an end?"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • sedulous Diligent in application or in the pursuit of an object; constant, steady, and persevering; steadily industrious; assiduous.
    • sedulous Synonyms See assiduity.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Sedulous sed′ū-lus diligent: constant
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. sedulus, perhaps from sedere, to sit, and so akin to E. sit,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. sedulussedēre, to sit.

Usage

In literature:

Among all the reports which this excited period produced, none was more sedulously diffused, and none more generally believed.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol 3 No 3, March 1863" by Various
Kept in its best state, the horse has to be sedulously groomed.
"Domesticated Animals" by Nathaniel Southgate Shaler
Whence comes it, this sedulous attention to style, which does honour to American literature?
"American Sketches" by Charles Whibley
She was waited upon as sedulously as a termite queen.
"Edge of the Jungle" by William Beebe
He looked at Dunham, who sedulously did not look at him.
"The Opened Shutters" by Clara Louise Burnham
It was a pity that brilliantly unsuccessful man had not lived to see the result of his sedulous empiricism.
"Stingaree" by E. W. (Ernest William) Hornung
The Lady Mary wrote; the child moved on tiptoe, with a sedulous expression of silence about his lips, near to her elbow.
"The Fifth Queen Crowned" by Ford Madox Ford
Such children should sedulously be kept from contagion.
"Practical Education, Volume I" by Maria Edgeworth
As a man of letters and a sedulous inquirer, no French author enjoys higher reputation.
"The International Monthly, Volume 3, No. 2, May, 1851" by Various
For almost a generation, Germany has been sedulously cultivating Turkish friendship.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume II (of VIII)" by Various
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In poetry:

I saw you sedulous and keen,
I heard the burning words you spoke.
It seemed that you were hard and clean,
And rapier sharp your every stroke.
"To A Politician" by Edward Dyson