One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Spiritual or mental sloth; apathy.
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, narcosisView synonyms
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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’.’
- ‘What is the origin of this nefarious Nebuchadnezzar, who would take away speech for chat, thought for instinct, righteousness for accidie?’
- ‘What Karnezis is good at - no, what he's outstanding at - is evoking the yawning despair and accidie that crawl over his characters.’
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.
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