Definition of accidie in English:



  • [mass noun] Spiritual or mental sloth; apathy.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘What Karnezis is good at - no, what he's outstanding at - is evoking the yawning despair and accidie that crawl over his characters.’
    • ‘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’.’
    lethargy, torpidity, sluggishness, inertia, inertness, inactivity, inaction, slowness, lifelessness, dullness, heaviness, listlessness, languor, languidness, stagnation, laziness, idleness, indolence, shiftlessness, sloth, slothfulness, apathy, accidie, 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.