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”).
- (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.
general listlessness and apathy
- plural of