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[in-duhs-tree-uh s] /ɪnˈdʌs tri əs/
working energetically and devotedly; hard-working; diligent:
an industrious person.
Obsolete, skillful.
Origin of industrious
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.
1. assiduous, sedulous, energetic. See busy.
1. lazy, indolent. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for industrious
  • Senior professors continue their inquiries, making their departments consistently relevant and industrious research centers.
  • My students have been smart, mature, and industrious and it's been a pleasure to help them learn.
  • Even metal racks aren't immune to the industrious thief.
  • People who aren't as honest or industrious as some will see the blocks as instant income with little effort.
  • The current idea of a global village as a place of universal harmony and industrious basket-weaving is a tourist's fantasy.
  • By her own description, she was industrious, stuffing envelopes with marketing fliers and rubber-stamping the return envelopes.
  • With all due respect, you are equating the industrious citizen with the bank robber.
  • There were some writers of historical poems, some annalists, many industrious antiquaries.
  • The goddess of fortune dwells in the feet of the industrious.
  • They are industrious, basically honest and law biding, and want a better life than they were born into.
British Dictionary definitions for industrious


hard-working, diligent, or assiduous
an obsolete word for skilful
Derived Forms
industriously, adverb
industriousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for industrious

"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.

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