Definition of Indolence

1. Noun. Inactivity resulting from a dislike of work.

Exact synonyms: Laziness
Generic synonyms: Inactiveness, Inactivity, Inertia
Specialized synonyms: Faineance, Idleness, Shiftlessness
Derivative terms: Indolent, Lazy

Definition of Indolence

1. n. Freedom from that which pains, or harasses, as toil, care, grief, etc.

Definition of Indolence

1. Noun. Habitual laziness or sloth. ¹

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Definition of Indolence

1. [n -S]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Indolence

indole-3-acetate beta-glucosyltransferase
indole-3-ethanol oxidase
indole-3-glycerol-phosphate synthase
indole acetic acid
indole test
indoleacetamide hydrolase
indoleacetic acid
indoleacetic acid-lysine synthetase
indoleacetic acid oxidase
indoleacetic acids
indolebutyric acid
indoleethylamine N-methyltransferase
indolence (current term)
indolent bubo
indolepyruvate decarboxylase
indolepyruvate ferredoxin oxidoreductase

Literary usage of Indolence

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Edinburgh Review by Sydney Smith (1869)
"His indolence was fundamental and extreme. Not but that he could shake it off with ease when stirred by passion, as in political warfare; but it required a ..."

2. The Slave Power: Its Character, Career and Probable Designs: Being an by John Elliott Cairnes (1863)
"But still more fatally does the theory halt upon the other limb of the argument—the incorrigible indolence of the negro. Whatever plausibility there may ..."

3. Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern by Charles Dudley Warner (1896)
"THE CASTLE OF indolence From ... Castle of indolence > The castle hight of indolence, And its false luxury; Where for a little time, alas ! ..."

4. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon (1880)
"indolence AND FEARS OF MAXENTIUS. ... on the supine indolence of Vitellius. M The Marquis Maffei has made it extremely probable that Constantine was still ..."

5. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham (1879)
"Thus, also, in offences which owe their birth to the originating ... . . joined to . in indolence joint influence of indolence and pecuniary interest, ..."

6. The Library of Literary Criticism of English and American Authors by Charles Wells Moulton (1902)
"I allude more especially to the "Seasons." His "Castle of indolence," to ... Except in passages of the "Castle of indolence," there is little finish or true ..."

7. Studies in History and Jurisprudence by James Bryce Bryce (1901)
"Putting them in the order of what seems to be their relative importance, they may be described as the following—indolence, Deference, Sympathy, Fear, ..."

8. The Mirror: A Periodical Paper, Published at Edinburgh in the Years 1779 and by Henry Mackenzie (1801)
"Of this nature is indolence, .a failing, ... effects of youthful heat, which time allays, and experience overcomes; but indolence " grows with " our growth, ..."

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