sed·​u·​lous | \ ˈse-jə-ləs How to pronounce sedulous (audio) \

Definition of sedulous

1 : involving or accomplished with careful perseverance sedulous craftsmanship
2 : diligent in application or pursuit a sedulous student

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Other Words from sedulous

sedulously adverb
sedulousness noun

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busy, industrious, diligent, assiduous, sedulous mean actively engaged or occupied. busy chiefly stresses activity as opposed to idleness or leisure. too busy to spend time with the children industrious implies characteristic or habitual devotion to work. industrious employees diligent suggests earnest application to some specific object or pursuit. very diligent in her pursuit of a degree assiduous stresses careful and unremitting application. assiduous practice sedulous implies painstaking and persevering application. a sedulous investigation of the murder

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No fooling-the word sedulous ultimately comes from the Latin se dolus, which literally means "without guile." Those two words were eventually melded into one, sedulo, meaning "sincerely" or "diligently," and from that root developed Latin sedulus and English "sedulous." Don’t let the "sed-" beginning mislead you; "sedulous" is not related to words such as "sedentary" or "sedate" (which derive from the Latin verb sedēre, meaning "to sit"). "Sedulous" people are not the sedate or sedentary sort. They're the hardworking types Scottish author Samuel Smiles must have had in mind when he wrote in his 1859 book Self-Help, "Sedulous attention and painstaking industry always mark the true worker."

Examples of sedulous in a Sentence

an impressively sedulous suitor, he was constantly sending her flowers and other tokens of his affection

First Known Use of sedulous

1540, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for sedulous

Latin sedulus, from sedulo sincerely, diligently, from sed-, se without + dolus guile — more at suicide

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“Sedulous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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