First attested 1603, from French indolence, insensitivity to pain, from Latin indolentia, insensibility, from in- not + dolere to grieve. Sense of laziness, first attested 1710, is related to taking pains.
indolence (plural indolences)
- Habitual laziness or sloth.
- born with an incurable indolence of mind and body
- Indolence and vacillation were legibly impressed on his appearance and expression.
indolence f (uncountable)