follow Dictionary.com

Hone in vs. home in? What's the difference?

industrious

[in-duhs-tree-uh s] /ɪnˈdʌs tri əs/
adjective
1.
working energetically and devotedly; hard-working; diligent:
an industrious person.
2.
Obsolete, skillful.
Origin of industrious
1525-1535
1525-35; < Latin industrius diligent, assiduous, OL indostruus, perhaps equivalent to indo-, by-form of in- in2 + -struus, noun derivative of struere to arrange, devise, hence with presumed original sense “devising inwardly, secretly”
Related forms
industriously, adverb
industriousness, noun
nonindustrious, adjective
nonindustriously, adverb
nonindustriousness, noun
superindustrious, adjective
superindustriously, adverb
superindustriousness, noun
unindustrious, adjective
unindustriously, adverb
Can be confused
industrial, industrious.
Synonyms
1. assiduous, sedulous, energetic. See busy.
Antonyms
1. lazy, indolent.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for industriousness
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • The whole area was under Roman rule and was subjected to the industriousness and meticulousness of Empire.

    After the Rain Sam Vaknin
  • These were the Wakavirondo, a tribe noted for its industriousness.

  • The Dutch and Flemish Baroque artists celebrated results of industriousness through mythological themes.

  • It bustled about the big steamer with an industriousness that seemed almost frantic.

    The Man From Brodney's George Barr McCutcheon
  • The bountiful yield of this product has been brought about almost entirely through the industriousness of Chinese.

  • A complex system of incentives and disincentives drives the workforce to dedication and industriousness.

    After the Rain Sam Vaknin
  • Curiosity had been too much for industriousness, and Osmond Orgreave had yielded himself to the general interest.

    Hilda Lessways Arnold Bennett
  • As they came out from Rose Beacon, they told above thirty fisher-boats at sea, testifying the industriousness of this people.

  • The noble seigneurs have often heard about the industriousness of the inhabitants of the south of Gaul.

    The Iron Pincers Eugne Sue
British Dictionary definitions for industriousness

industrious

/ɪnˈdʌstrɪəs/
adjective
1.
hard-working, diligent, or assiduous
2.
an obsolete word for skilful
Derived Forms
industriously, adverb
industriousness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for industriousness

industrious

adj.

"characterized by energy, effort, and attention," 1520s (implied in industriously), from Middle French industrieux and directly from Late Latin industriosus, from Latin industria (see industry). Retains the etymological sense. Related: Industriousness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for industrious

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for industriousness

16
20
Scrabble Words With Friends