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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-see-dee-uh]
    • /əˈsi di ə/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-see-dee-uh]
    • /əˈsi di ə/

Definitions of acedia word

  • noun acedia spiritual sloth or apathy 3
  • noun acedia sloth (def 1). Compare deadly sins. 1
  • noun acedia laziness or indifference in religious matters. 1
  • noun acedia Spiritual or mental sloth; apathy. 1
  • noun acedia spiritual or mental sloth. 0
  • noun acedia apathy; a lack of care or interest; indifference. 0

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Origin of acedia

First appearance:

before 1600
One of the 39% oldest English words
1600-10; < Late Latin acēdia < Greek akḗdeia, equivalent to akēdḗ(s) (a- a-6 + -kēdēs, adj. derivative of kêdos care, anxiety) + -ia -ia

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Parts of speech for Acedia


acedia popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 78% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for acedia

noun acedia

  • inactivity — not active: an inactive volcano.
  • stagnation — the state or condition of stagnating, or having stopped, as by ceasing to run or flow: Meteorologists forecast ozone and air stagnation.
  • inertia — inertness, especially with regard to effort, motion, action, and the like; inactivity; sluggishness.
  • doldrums — A part of the ocean near the equator, abounding in calms, squalls, and light, baffling winds, which sometimes prevent all progress for weeks – so called by sailors.
  • dormancy — the state of being dormant.

Antonyms for acedia

noun acedia

  • happiness — the quality or state of being happy.
  • vigor — active strength or force.
  • busyness — the quality or condition of being busy.
  • liveliness — full or suggestive of life or vital energy; active, vigorous, or brisk: a lively discussion.
  • action — Action is doing something for a particular purpose.

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