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

Example Sentences

a general feeling of indolence usually overtakes them during summer vacation
Recent Examples on the Web 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 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 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 1 Dec. 2022.

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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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