faineant, indolent, lazy, otiose, slothful, work-shy(adj)
disinclined to work or exertion
"faineant kings under whose rule the country languished"; "an indolent hanger-on"; "too lazy to wash the dishes"; "shiftless idle youth"; "slothful employees"; "the unemployed are not necessarily work-shy"
(of tumors, e.g.) slow to heal or develop and usually painless
"an indolent ulcer"; "leprosy is an indolent infectious disease"
Habitually lazy, procrastinating, or resistant to physical labor/labour.
The indolent girl resisted doing her homework.
Inducing laziness (e.g. indolent comfort).
Causing scant or no physical pain; progressing slowly; inactive (of an ulcer, etc.).
English Synonyms and Antonyms
Idle in all uses rests upon its root meaning, as derived from the Anglo-Saxon idel, which signifies vain, empty, useless. Idle thus denotes not primarily the absence of action, but vain action — the absence of useful, effective action; the idle schoolboy may be very actively whittling his desk or tormenting his neighbors. Doing nothing whatever is the secondary meaning of idle. One may be temporarily idle of necessity; if he is habitually idle, it is his own fault. Lazy signifies indisposed to exertion, averse to labor; idleness is in fact; laziness is in disposition or inclination. A lazy person may chance to be employed in useful work, but he acts without energy or impetus. We speak figuratively of a lazy stream. The inert person seems like dead matter (characterized by inertia), powerless to move; the sluggish moves heavily and toilsomely; the most active person may sometimes find the bodily or mental powers sluggish. Slothful belongs in the moral realm, denoting a self-indulgent aversion to exertion. "The slothful hideth his hand in his bosom; it grieveth him to bring it again to his mouth," Prov. xxvi, 15. Indolent is a milder term for the same quality; the slothful man hates action; the indolent man loves inaction. Compare VAIN.
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How to use indolent in a sentence?
Perhaps these years have been good, but only for a narrow group, yes, it's time for change, time to end this sluggish, indolent presidency.
All men have an equal right to the free development of their faculties they have an equal right to the impartial protection of the state but it is not true, it is against all the laws of reason and equity, it is against the eternal nature of things, that the indolent man and the laborious man, the spendthrift and the economist, the imprudent and the wise, should obtain and enjoy an equal amount of goods.
That indolent but agreeable condition of doing nothing.
Private organization is often such that the employer keeps intentionally the indolent employees over intelligent person for getting the job done under pressure. And when its business profit gets lower than the financial gain figure of the previous year, the owner or senior in order to find a scapegoat can give any absurd reason for failure or may even squarely put the blame on academic institutions by saying that they are not churning out enough employable grads.
Being intelligent in a private organization full of sycophant people as indolent only is not a prize but punishment merely to that person.
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- indolentCatalan, Valencian
- lhostejný, nebolestivý, indolentní, línýCzech
- saamaton, itsepintainen, veltostuttava, veltto, kivuton, indolenttiFinnish
- leisgScottish Gaelic
- безболе́зненный, разнеживающий, праздный, ленивый, [[медленно]] [[заживать, [[способствовать, бездеятельный, вялотеку́щийRussian
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