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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
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.
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British Dictionary definitions for industriously

industrious

/ɪnˈdʌstrɪəs/
adjective
1.
hard-working, diligent, or assiduous
2.
an obsolete word for skilful
Derived Forms
industriously, adverb
industriousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for industriously

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.

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