One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Constant or close attention to what one is doing.‘the assiduity with which he could wear down his opponents’
persistence, pertinacity, determination, perseverance, doggedness, tenaciousness, single-mindedness, strength of will, firmness of purpose, strength of purpose, fixity of purpose, bulldog spirit, tirelessness, indefatigability, resolution, resoluteness, resolve, firmness, patience, purposefulness, staunchness, steadfastness, constancy, staying power, application, diligence, sedulousness, insistence, relentlessness, inexorability, inexorableness, implacability, inflexibilityView synonyms
- ‘In the 1960s, a Beijing toilet cleaner surnamed Chen made a name for himself by carrying out his job with great assiduity.’
- ‘Despite the assiduity and rigor of the performers, modern dance was generally promoted and received as a pastime for females.’
- ‘The officers however, pursued their investigation with the utmost assiduity and with not a little skill.’
- ‘It depends on the zeal, the assiduity, or the nervousness of the individual.’
- ‘He is loved internationally for his academic assiduity and penchant for historical research.’
- ‘Henry VII's councillors were all selected for their ability, assiduity, shrewdness, and loyalty.’
- ‘Yet the young mother also hoped the girl could develop the characteristics of persistence, independence and assiduity.’
- ‘A response to this position, of course, would be that the assiduity with which Carroll cultivated friendships with small girls seems out of proportion to such a purpose.’
- ‘The young secretary's assiduity rapidly won him esteem, and some dislike.’
- ‘This valuable volume confirms the dedicated assiduity with which Crawford Seeger channelled her ‘modernist’ instincts into the most refined kind of folk-song transcription she could manage.’
- ‘This he followed with patient assiduity, and a mind ever open to the lessons of piety and benevolence which such a study is so well calculated to afford.’
- ‘The sense of identity formed by one's assiduity as a listener or an amateur performer was by now so strong as to require some determination in order to be rejected.’
- ‘A myth of Merrie Africa was fostered with assiduity, an ideal of timeless village community as appealing to radicals and socialists as to conservatives.’
- ‘I do not think that it is fair just or reasonable that the extent of the liability of the defendants should depend on the assiduity of the surveyors instructed by the claimants.’
- ‘When he arrives home with his newspaper he dons his spectacles and, ignoring the front and back pages, proceeds to peruse the death notices with the utmost assiduity.’
- ‘And when she portrays a horse or a tiger on the canvas, her assiduity gives it a professional touch.’
- ‘This man is a serious politician: one can deduce that from the assiduity with which he eschews politics.’
- ‘It is true that I was aware of the lack of oral instruction, but I tried to replace this by even more assiduity.’
- ‘He cultivated his role as a celebrity with all the assiduity common to our media stars today.’
- 1.1assiduitiesliterary, archaic Constant attentions to someone.
Late Middle English: from Latin assiduitas, from assiduus ‘occupied with’ (see assiduous).
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