industrious

[in-duhs-tree-uhs]
adjective
1.
working energetically and devotedly; hard-working; diligent: an industrious person.
2.
Obsolete, skillful.

Origin:
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”

industriously, adverb
industriousness, noun
nonindustrious, adjective
nonindustriously, adverb
nonindustriousness, noun
superindustrious, adjective
superindustriously, adverb
superindustriousness, noun
unindustrious, adjective
unindustriously, adverb

industrial, industrious.


1. assiduous, sedulous, energetic. See busy.


1. lazy, indolent.
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industrious (ɪnˈdʌstrɪəs)
 
adj
1.  hard-working, diligent, or assiduous
2.  an obsolete word for skilful
 
in'dustriously
 
adv
 
in'dustriousness
 
n

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Word Origin & History

industrious
"characterized by energy, effort, and attention," 1550s, from Fr. industrieux, from L. industriosus, from industria (see industry). Retains the etymological sense.
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Example sentences
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.
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