follow Dictionary.com

What's the "een" in Halloween?

indolence

[in-dl-uh ns] /ˈɪn dl əns/
noun
1.
the quality or state of being indolent.
Origin
1595-1605
1595-1605; < Latin indolentia freedom from pain; see indolent, -ence
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for indolences

indolence

n.

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
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for indolence

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for indolences

13
17
Scrabble Words With Friends