• WordNet 3.6
    • n slothfulness a disinclination to work or exert yourself
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The sloth moves so slowly that green algae grows in the grooves of their hair
    • n slothfulness The state or quality of being slothful; the indulgence of sloth; inactivity; the habit of idleness; laziness.
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  • John Milton
    “Thus Belial, with words clothed in reason's garb, counseled ignoble ease, and peaceful sloth, not peace.”
  • William Ellery Channing
    “Natural amiableness is too often seen in company with sloth, with uselessness, with the vanity of fashionable life.”
  • Benjamin Franklin
    “Sloth, like rust, consumes faster than labor wears, while the used key is always bright.”
  • Horace
    “You must avoid sloth, that wicked siren.”
  • Proverb
    “Sloth is the key to poverty.”
  • Portuguese Proverb
    Portuguese Proverb
    “A busy mother makes slothful daughters.”


In literature:

The great flood of luxury and sloth which had submerged the land is receding, and a new Britain is appearing.
"New York Times Current History: The European War from the Beginning to March 1915, Vol 1, No. 2" by Various
To them Pride, Gluttony, Wrath, and Covetousness at one door; at another door Envy, Sloth, and Lechery.
"Curiosities of Literature, Vol. II (of 3)" by Isaac Disraeli
All this means harm to the Indian, for he is naturally lazy and a friend of sloth.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898, Volume XXIII, 1629-30" by Various
Their patrimonial sloth the Spaniards keep, And Philip first taught Philip how to sleep.
"The Works of John Dryden, Vol. 6 (of 18)" by John Dryden
The Boer was quick in noting when the proper time arrived for retreat, and he was not slothful in acting upon his observations.
"With the Boer Forces" by Howard C. Hillegas
It can certainly be no hardship to a pig to encourage him in a life of sloth and gluttony which appeals to his taste and to my profit.
"The Fat of the Land" by John Williams Streeter
How long shall sloth usurp thy useless hours, Unnerve thy vigour, and enchain thy powers?
"The Prose Works of William Wordsworth" by William Wordsworth
Brethren beloved, do not be content with a slothful, dreamy, uncertain struggle.
"Sermons Preached at Brighton" by Frederick W. Robertson
We sat there in the careless sloth that follows too great a strain, but feeling the strength grow as we sat.
"Carette of Sark" by John Oxenham
The barriers of intellectual sloth and artificiality fell away, and men became accessible to him.
"Horace and His Influence" by Grant Showerman

In poetry:

"What will He say to one from whom were due
Ten talents, when he comes with less than two?
What can I do but shudder and await
The slothful servant's fate?"
"But One Talent" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
In scornful sloth Achilles slept,
And for his wench, like Tallboy, wept,
Nor would return to war and slaughter,
Till they brought back the parson's daughter.
"Alma; or, The Progress of the Mind. In Three Cantos. - Canto I." by Matthew Prior
I struggled to whisper,— she heard not;
I shook the rose-garland,— she stirr'd not;
I look'd, and my heart it err'd not;—
She woke from her beauteous sloth:
"On A Like Occasion (From Klopstock)" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
"For, stranger to sloth, and on business intent,
The dawn calls her forth from her bed;
And see, through the castle, all busy appear,
By her to their duty still led."
"The Warrior's Return" by Amelia Opie
So spake she, drunken with dreams,
Mad; but again in her ears
A voice as of storm-swelled streams
Spake; "No brave shame then redeems
Thy lusts of sloth and thy fears?
"Perinde AC Cadaver" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
O Cromwell's mother, O breast
That suckled Milton! thy name
That was beautiful then, that was blest,
Is it wholly discrowned and deprest,
Trodden under by sloth into shame?
"Perinde AC Cadaver" by Algernon Charles Swinburne

In news:

The slothful joys of Costa Rica's coast.
Calmer & cooler: The slothful joys of Costa Rica's Caribbean coast.
Slothful comedians with sinful habits.
Most Slothful Person, Place, or Thing: Waiting for the little white man who never comes.
National Aquarium introduces newborn two-toed sloth.
An animal's routine checkup at the National Aquarium in Baltimore revealed a new two-toed sloth.
National Aquarium introduces newborn two-toed sloth .
An animal's routine checkup at the National Aquarium in Baltimore revealed a new two-toed sloth .
The Obami, sensitive to accusations that they have been slothful on human rights, recently held a meeting with activists and foreign policy gurus on how they might promote democracy in Egypt.
The Sloth is a slow-sipping drink.
Pandas are pretty adorable when they just lay about or move around at a sloth-like pace.
Kristen Bell Cries Over A Sloth .
The baby sloth 's mom is named Ivy, so that's taken.
Sebastian the sloth and his twin sister are stars of Animal Planet's new show, Meet The Sloths , which gives viewers an inside look into their laidback lifestyle at the Aviarios Sloth Sanctuary in Costa Rica.
Soren Michael Sloth was born at 8:26 pm Aug 9, 2012, at South Peninsula Hospital to Micha and Emily Sloth of Homer.

In science:

Sloth, On the one loop corrections to inflation and the CMB anisotropies, Nucl.
Moment transport equations for non-Gaussianity
Sloth, On the one loop corrections to inflation.
Moment transport equations for non-Gaussianity
This q-loop has been computed by Sloth [51, 52] in the limit where t∗ is long after the mode with wavenumber k ∼ k1 = k2 exited the horizon, and has recently been given in Ref. in the opposite case where t∗ is the horizon-crossing time associated with k .
One-loop corrections to the curvature perturbation from inflation
The loop correction evaluated long after horizon crossing has been computed by Sloth [51, 52] in terms of the variance hδφ2i ≡ R d ln q P (q), which is in principle a infrared divergent quantity and should be cut off at a momentum scale of order the box size, q ∼ ℓ, if P does not vanish as q → 0.
One-loop corrections to the curvature perturbation from inflation
These conclusions are in qualitative agreement with the results of Sloth , who found corrections of O(1) for inflation beginning at the self-reproduction scale.
One-loop corrections to the curvature perturbation from inflation