in·​do·​lence | \ ˈin-də-lən(t)s How to pronounce indolence (audio) \

Definition of indolence

: inclination to laziness : sloth

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Examples of indolence in a Sentence

a general feeling of indolence usually overtakes them during summer vacation
Recent Examples on the Web In Afghanistan, fashion, with its low barriers to entry, is not so much a symbol of self-indulgent indolence as a lever of advancement. New York Times, 25 Aug. 2021 Sullivan, a pipeline worker, has been jobless for more than a year but argued the payments would increase the national debt and reward indolence. The New York Times, Arkansas Online, 14 July 2021 But allocate no money that will effectually perpetuate indolence. Phillip Molnar, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 May 2021 Painted by John White Alexander in Paris in 1895, it is drenched in a mood of dusky indolence. Washington Post, 10 Mar. 2021 Economic recovery has been weak and disaster recovery since Maria was botched by local corruption and federal indolence. Rashid Carlos Jamil Marcano Rivera, The Conversation, 14 Dec. 2020 As the story progresses, Fanny endures indolence, spitefulness, pettiness, and unwanted attentions with grace and forbearance. Sarah Schutte, National Review, 28 Nov. 2020 Struggling Americans have to justify their right to exist, whether on a crowdfunding platform or through a plea to a government notorious for pushing the narrative that needing economic assistance is a sign of indolence. Whizy Kim,, 23 Oct. 2020 But in the short term, Michael’s death shook Kierkegaard out of his indolence and made him commit to the kind of life his father had wanted for him. Christopher Beha, Harper's Magazine, 27 Apr. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of indolence

1710, in the meaning defined above

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“Indolence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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in·​do·​lence | \ ˈin-də-ləns How to pronounce indolence (audio) \

Kids Definition of indolence

: the quality of being lazy

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