industrious

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From Middle French industrieux, from Late Latin industriosus (diligent, active, industrious), from Latin industria (diligence, industry); see industry.

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  • IPA(key): /ɪnˈdʌstɹi.əs/

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industrious (comparative more industrious, superlative most industrious)

  1. Hard-working and persistent.
    • 1941, Ogden Nash, "The ant", in The Face is Familiar, Garden City Publishing Company, page 224.
      The ant has made himself illustrious / Through constant industry industrious. / So what? / Would you be calm and placid / If you were full of formic acid?
    I was very industrious in my effort to learn unicycle riding.

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