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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Indolence  \In"do*lence\,  n.  [L.  indolentia  freedom  from  pain: 
  cf  F.  indolence.] 
  1.  Freedom  from  that  which  pains,  or  harasses,  as  toil,  care 
  grief,  etc  [Obs.] 
 
  I  have  ease,  if  it  may  not  rather  be  called 
  indolence.  --Bp.  Hough. 
 
  2.  The  quality  or  condition  of  being  indolent;  inaction,  or 
  want  of  exertion  of  body  or  mind,  proceeding  from  love  of 
  ease  or  aversion  to  toil;  habitual  idleness;  indisposition 
  to  labor;  laziness;  sloth;  inactivity. 
 
  Life  spent  in  indolence,  and  therefore  sad. 
  --Cowper. 
 
  As  there  is  a  great  truth  wrapped  up  in 
  ``diligence,''  what  a  lie,  on  the  other  hand,  lurks 
  at  the  root  of  our  present  use  of  the  word 
  ``indolence''!  This  is  from  ``in''  and  ``doleo,'' 
  not  to  grieve;  and  indolence  is  thus  a  state  in 
  which  we  have  no  grief  or  pain;  so  that  the  word  as 
  we  now  employ  it  seems  to  affirm  that  indulgence  in 
  sloth  and  ease  is  that  which  would  constitute  for  us 
  the  absence  of  all  pain.  --Trench. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  indolence 
  n  :  inactivity  resulting  from  a  dislike  of  work  [syn:  {laziness}] 




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