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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
During the trial, however, Murphy’s version of events painted Elkus as clear-headed and diligent in his plan to harm Gilbert.
That's because even diligent label readers might have a hard time finding nutrition facts on all of these birds.
Sufficiently diligent mindfulness meditation, apparently, can lead to true awakening, complete enlightenment, and liberation.
And the Internet had a field day with his diligent French pronunciation.
She is distinguished by her perseverance, diligent work ethic and accountability which pairs with her years of experience to make her one of the top producers in the industry.
Treat all your intentional standing water with Bt every two weeks, and be diligent about accidental ponds after rain or watering.
Principals in the district have been charged with being diligent about their hiring practices this summer, Rush said.
The first wave of Polish pupils had a reputation for being particularly diligent.
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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!
Synonymsactive, assiduous, bustling, busy, employed, engaged, hopping, industrious, laborious, occupied, sedulous, tied-up, working
Antonymsidle, inactive, unbusy, unemployed, unoccupied
Related Wordsknee-deep, swamped; animated, astir, buzzing, flourishing, happening, humming, lively, thriving, vibrant; absorbed, concentrating, engrossed, focused (also focussed), immersed, intent, preoccupied; alive, functional, functioning, going, living, operating, operational, operative, running; energetic, vigorous; hardworking; indefatigable, tireless, untiring
Near Antonymsfree; asleep, dormant, latent, lifeless, quiescent, sleepy; inert, passive; dead, dull, slow; inoperative, nonoperating
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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