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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 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, "Puerto Rico wants statehood – but only Congress can make it the 51st state in the United States," 14 Dec. 2020 As the story progresses, Fanny endures indolence, spitefulness, pettiness, and unwanted attentions with grace and forbearance. Sarah Schutte, National Review, "Three Cheers for the Quiet Ones," 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,, "We Are Now The United States Of GoFundMe," 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, "Difficulties Everywhere," 27 Apr. 2020 The enigmatic narrative suggests ritual and indolence, conflict between two sisters, and a moment of epic choice., "PROVIDENCE — “Fertile Ground,” organized by independent curator Heather Darcy Bhandari at Brown University’s David Winton Bell Gallery, spotlights three women of color who construct lush works about nature and the feminine.," 11 Oct. 2019 The actual problem was overstretch compounded by indolence. Andrew J. Bacevich, Harper's magazine, "The Old Normal," 2 Mar. 2020 Wellness was always at the fore, yes, but in its early stages the hotel was primed for indulgent indolence, a jungly bolt-hole for newlyweds, with a side order of soul soothing. Antonia Quirke, Condé Nast Traveler, "At Bali's COMO Shambhala, Skip the Wellness Fads in Favor of a True Reboot," 16 Nov. 2019 The campaign brings to life the seven deadly sins; pride, wrath, envy, indolence, gourmand, greed, and lust. Nandi Howard, Essence, "Fashion Maven Kristen Noel Crawley Stars In Moose Knuckles Campaign," 16 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of indolence

1710, in the meaning defined above

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“Indolence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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: the quality of being lazy

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