Definition of accidie in English:



mass nounliterary
  • Spiritual or mental sloth; apathy.

    • ‘What Karnezis is good at - no, what he's outstanding at - is evoking the yawning despair and accidie that crawl over his characters.’
    • ‘Possibly they are embarrassed because Elgar found judas, if not exactly a sympathetic character, at least one with whom he shared consanguinity in having suffered from the medieval sin of accidie.’
    • ‘What is the origin of this nefarious Nebuchadnezzar, who would take away speech for chat, thought for instinct, righteousness for accidie?’
    • ‘However, a few months on Rousay cured him of the notion and he retreated back to London - ‘to accidie, ennui and bilious conversations in the Groucho Club’.’
    • ‘Every Friday night, car stereo blaring, he and Dan would screech to a halt on the gravel, Dan sweet but quiet, Tim snarling with urban accidie.’
    lethargy, torpidity, sluggishness, inertia, inertness, inactivity, inaction, slowness, lifelessness, dullness, heaviness, listlessness, languor, languidness, stagnation, laziness, idleness, indolence, shiftlessness, sloth, slothfulness, apathy, passivity, weariness, tiredness, lassitude, fatigue, sleepiness, drowsiness, enervation, somnolence, narcosis
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Middle English: via Old French from medieval Latin accidia, alteration of acedia. Obsolete after the 16th century, the term was revived in the late 19th century.