ac·​cid·​ie ˈak-sə-dē How to pronounce accidie (audio)
: acedia

Examples of accidie in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Side effects may include irritability, agitation, nausea, palpitations, tremor, and accidie. John E. McIntyre,, 12 May 2018

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Word History


Middle English accidie, accyde, borrowed from Anglo-French, borrowed from Medieval Latin accidia, alteration of Late Latin acēdia — more at acedia

Note: The forms with [i] in the medial syllable, apparently attested in the early Middle Ages (in the 8th-century Second Corpus Glossary of Old English), appear to show influence of Byzantine or earlier pronunciation of Greek (in which eta and iota merge), but it also has been suggested that the word has been assimilated to Latin accidere (see accident); however, the semantic grounds for such assimilation are unclear.

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of accidie was in the 13th century

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“Accidie.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

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