in·​do·​lence ˈin-də-lən(t)s How to pronounce indolence (audio)
: inclination to laziness : sloth

Examples of indolence in a Sentence

a general feeling of indolence usually overtakes them during summer vacation
Recent Examples on the Web The real killer is our indolence. Linda Marsa, Discover Magazine, 23 May 2013 On the right, cash payments are seen to promote indolence and inflation. Roger Valdez, Forbes, 14 Feb. 2023 For some, the notion of an isolated, utterly private Caribbean atoll may conjure up fantasies of tropical indolence — chaise longues on a white-sand beach, umbrella drinks and perhaps a paperback. Washington Post, 2 Apr. 2021 Choni vividly realized the mix of perfumed indolence and frenzy in Scriabin’s Fourth Sonata. Dallas News, 13 June 2022 The book’s most prominent theme is that the societal pathologies Mr. Vance witnessed in Middletown—alcoholism, indolence, opioid addiction—are not, or at least not primarily, the result of declining economic opportunity. Barton Swaim, WSJ, 23 Sep. 2022 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 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1710, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of indolence was in 1710

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“Indolence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2023.

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in·​do·​lence ˈin-də-lən(t)s How to pronounce indolence (audio)
: the quality or state of being indolent : laziness

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