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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 industriousness
  • Norms such as diligence, industriousness, and interest in knowledge are not recognized.
  • If it was for work then she should be commended for her industriousness and dedication.
  • They were taught that honest labor, fair play, and industriousness were virtues.
  • He was known more for his industriousness and his difficulty in meeting deadlines than for the grace of his writing.
  • The interviewer is seeking industriousness, creativity, caring about the organization and its success.
  • Manual training was a way of teaching children industriousness, and clearing up their character problems.
  • It was her industriousness and her capacity for sympathy that drew me to her.
  • White's industriousness and willingness to innovate were important factors in his accomplishment.
  • Such industriousness would be laudable if it were voluntary.
British Dictionary definitions for industriousness


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 industriousness



"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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