Definition of sedulous
1 : involving or accomplished with careful perseverance <sedulous craftsmanship>
2 : diligent in application or pursuit <a sedulous student>
Examples of sedulous in a sentence
<an impressively sedulous suitor, he was constantly sending her flowers and other tokens of his affection>
Did You Know?
No fooling-the word sedulous ultimately comes from the Latin se dolus, which literally means "without guile." Those two words were eventually melded into one, sedulo, meaning "sincerely" or "diligently," and from that root developed Latin sedulus and English "sedulous." Don’t let the "sed-" beginning mislead you; "sedulous" is not related to words such as "sedentary" or "sedate" (which derive from the Latin verb sedēre, meaning "to sit"). "Sedulous" people are not the sedate or sedentary sort. They're the hardworking types Scottish author Samuel Smiles must have had in mind when he wrote in his 1859 book Self-Help, "Sedulous attention and painstaking industry always mark the true worker."
Origin and Etymology of sedulous
Latin sedulus, from sedulo sincerely, diligently, from sed-, se without + dolus guile — more at suicide
First Known Use: 1540
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