from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Habitual laziness; sloth.
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- n. Habitual laziness or sloth.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Freedom from that which pains, or harasses, as toil, care, grief, etc.
- n. 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state of being indolent.
- n. Freedom from pain, grief, care, or trouble.
- n. Love of ease; indisposition to labor; avoidance of exertion of mind or body; idleness; laziness.
- n. Synonyms Sloth, slothfulness, inertness, sluggishness. See idle.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. inactivity resulting from a dislike of work
Seated, without doing anything, the greater part of the day, in an armchair of red wood, he bitterly complained of what he called the indolence and ignorance of his countrymen.
For the word indolence, it merely says, "the quality or state of being indolent."
A leader who engages in indolence “ought to blush with shame to claim a part in them [victories] for his own renown when he had contributed nothing to the task but his voice and his thinking – not even that, seeing that in tasks such as these the counsel and commands which bring men their glory are exclusively those which are given on the spot in the midst of the action.”
I viewed with regret the many hours I have spent in indolence, and now soarly [sic] feel the want of that information which those hours would have given me had they been judiciously expended. '
The reason for my new indolence is perfectly simple: Tokyo is so crowded that it doesn't have space for sports.
That voluntary debility, which modern language is content to term indolence, will, if it is not counteracted by resolution, render in time the strongest faculties lifeless, and turn the flame to the smoke of virtue.
The word indolence has been greatly misused in the sense of little love for work and lack of energy, while ridicule has concealed the misuse.
This mixture of restlessness and indolence is the key to many of the contradictions of human life.
But indolence is the mother of vice, and not only to little children might Doctor Watts have asserted that
We did not want for occupation; but my eager disposition was now turned to the field of intellectual exertion only; and hard study I found to be an excellent medicine to allay a fever of spirit with which in indolence,