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Examples of diligent in a Sentence
- The American intelligence community's single greatest failing is its lack of good "humint"—human intelligence, the dirty, diligent, shoe-leather penetration of terror networks. —Johanna McGeary, Time, 15 Oct. 2001
- Like any diligent foreign correspondent, he attends the briefings and collects face time with the officials, but he knows it's the citizens (the upstanding as well as the jailers, the whores, the black marketeers and the smugglers) who tell the truth … —Rolling Stone, 19 Sept. 1996
- He was a fourth-year drama student at UCLA and diligent about such valuable actorly exercises as eavesdropping, spying, and telling complicated lies to fellow passengers on airplanes. —Michael Chabon, A Model World and Other Stories, 1991
- In spite of diligent work as editor, hack writer, sea captain, and assorted other trades, he wound up poor. —Monroe K. Spears, American Ambitions, 1987
a student who has been unceasingly diligent in pursuit of a degree in mathematics
Recent Examples of diligent from the Web
So, in order to solve his clearance-rate problem, the diligent police chief assembled a task force to work day and night to figure out this unsolved mystery and ...
Perhaps if Jesper Olsen had been a little more diligent, and Denmark had taken their lead into half-time, the Danes could have controlled the second-half and continued their progress.
Wilson also described Davenport as smart, diligent, tough and someone who pays attention to detail.
Despite her half-sister’s bile, Meghan emerges from Morton’s account as a good egg — compassionate, diligent and poised.
Not diligent or smart enough for his intellectual family.
Thompson, the senior point guard on Purdue’s 2018 NCAA tournament team that plays Texas Tech on Friday in the Sweet 16, is mature, diligent, trustworthy in all (other) things.
There's a lot of Capricorn energy in the sky, with both diligent Saturn and transformative Pluto in this earthy sign.
Almost all of that regulation has now gone out the window, thanks to Scott Pruitt’s diligent fanaticism.
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Did You Know?
You're more likely to be diligent about something if you love doing it. The etymology of diligent reflects the fact that affection can lead to energetic effort. The word, which entered English in the 14th century by way of Anglo-French, descends from the Latin verb diligere, meaning "to value or esteem highly" or "to love." Of course, you don’t need to care for the task at hand in order to be diligent, but it certainly does help!
Origin and Etymology of diligent
Synonym Discussion of diligent
- too busy to spend time with the children
- industrious employees
- very diligent in her pursuit of a degree
- assiduous practice
- a sedulous investigation of the murder
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