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[in-dl-uh ns] /ˈɪn dl əns/
the quality or state of being indolent.
Origin of indolence
1595-1605; < Latin indolentia freedom from pain; see indolent, -ence Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • It is a strange degree of indolence and sloth to suffer our minds at that time to be alienated from their proper business.
  • indolence and inertia is a problem only with the officials administering the payments, not the workers receiving them.
  • However, this is often the result of a welfare system that rewards indolence.
  • As explained in voice-over, a nuclear war nearly destroys civilization, but humankind re-emerges into an age of indolence.
  • Little by little, a sort of innate indolence leads him to discard all his fine intentions.
Word Origin and History for indolence

c.1600, "insensitivity to pain," from French indolence (16c.), from Latin indolentia "freedom from pain, insensibility," noun of action from indolentem (nominative indolens) "insensitive to pain," used by Jerome to render Greek apelgekos in Ephesians; from Latin in- "not, opposite of, without" (see in- (1)) + dolentem (nominative dolens) "grieving," present participle of dolere "suffer pain." Sense of "laziness" (1710) is from notion of "avoiding trouble" (cf. taking pains).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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