From Middle English accidie, from Anglo-Norman accidie, Old French accide, accidie, from Late Latin accīdia, alteration of acēdia (“sloth, torpor”), from Ancient Greek ἀκήδεια (akḗdeia, “indifference”), from ἀ- (a-, “not”) + κῆδος (kêdos, “care”). Doublet of acedia.
- (now literary) Sloth, slothfulness, especially as inducing general listlessness and apathy. [from 13th c.]
- 1978, Lawrence Durrell, Livia, Faber & Faber, published 1992, page 363:
- Underneath the surface excitements the demon of accidie had her by the hair.
- plural of
- sloth; slothfulness
- 1387–1400, Geoffrey Chaucer, “The Parsons Tale”, in The Canterbury Tales, [Westminster: William Caxton, published 1478], OCLC 230972125; republished in [William Thynne], editor, The Workes of Geffray Chaucer Newlye Printed, […], [London]: […] [Richard Grafton for] Iohn Reynes […], 1542, OCLC 932884868:
- Aftere þe synnes of Envie I wil speke of þe synne of Accidie.
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- English: accidie