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Definition of the noun acedia

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noun - plural: acedias

  1. apathy and inactivity in the practice of virtue (personified as one of the deadly sins)
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonyms of acedia: laziness / sloth
    • more generic terms: deadly sin / mortal sin = an unpardonable sin entailing a total loss of grace

Alternative definition of the noun acedia


  1. spiritual or mental sloth.
  2. apathy; a lack of care or interest; indifference
  3. See boredom.


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Acedia describes a state of listlessness or torpor, of not caring or not being concerned with one's position or condition in the world. It can lead to a state of being unable to perform one's duties in life. Its spiritual overtones make it related to but arguably distinct from depression. Acedia was originally noted as a problem among monks and other ascetics who maintained a solitary life.

Phrases with Acedia

  1. Genus Acedia
  2. Eurodryas Acedia
  3. Species Eurodryas Acedia

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Acedia

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Google previewTantalus and the Pelican (2009)

Exploring Monastic Spirituality Today by Nicholas Buxton

Acedia is an important tech- nical term in monastic theology, whose meaning is not fully expressed by the word 'sloth';

Known as the 'noonday demon' – for it is especially active between 10 am and 2 pm – acedia is the spirit of restless ...

Google previewBecoming Friends (2002)

Worship, Justice, and the Practice of Christian Friendship by Paul J. Wadell

Pieper says acedia is a species of sadness that grows from a loss of belief in “the divine good” in us and represents a lack of...

Google previewThe Primacy of Love (2009)

An Introduction to the Ethics of Thomas Aquinas by Paul J. Wadell

Pieper says “acedia is a kind of sadness—more specifically, a sadness in view of the divine good in man.

Google previewMoments (2010)

by Daniel J. Perin

Acedia is a Latin word, from Greek akedia, ...

Google previewMelville and the Theme of Boredom (2009)

by Daniel Paliwoda

Acedia is the void. As Milosz says, it is a “grappling with the nothingness that encircles us; man has been faced with these trials for a millennium” (307). It uproots the self and its values; there is no “metaphysical dignity,” while experiencing this ...

Google previewThe Edinburgh Companion to Twentieth-Century British and American War Literature (2012)

by Adam Piette, Mark Rawlinson

Acedia is the vernacular of everyday moral life';) 6 Vineland, then, is a parable wherein America's Cold War hypocrisies come home ...

Google previewSteps Along the Way (2002)

A Spiritual Autobiography by Diogenes Allen

" Acedia is a spiritual condition, and the ...

Google previewThe Noonday Demon (2011)

An Atlas Of Depression by Andrew Solomon

Acedia is a compound sin whose elements the Parson enumerates. “It is so tender and delicate, as Solomon says, that it will suffer no hardship or penance. The shirking makes man fear even to begin to perform any good work. Despair, loss of ...

Google previewA dictionary of terms used in medicine and the collateral sciences (1856)

by Richard Dennis Hoblyn

A magnetic acedia is a gal vanoscopo.

Google previewWind Bell (2002)

Teachings from the San Francisco Zen Center 1968-2001 by Michael Wenger

Acedia is a crying out for help that is not recognized. Can we understand this and "turn the light inward" to look at what are the causes and conditions of this feeling, rather than believing that the environment is wrong for us or that there is ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Depression (2010)

by Linda Wasmer Andrews

The term acedia (also spelled accidia) referred to a state of spiritual malaise that involved despondency, discouragement, and disinterest. Scythian monk John Cassian (ca. 360–435) discussed acedia as a vice afflicting ascetics leading a ...

Google previewBibliophile's Dictionary (2005)

by Miles Westley

acedia (also accidie) (uh SEE DEE uh) - n. sloth; torpor; listlessness; apathy. "These experiments with cells, March, will ...

Google previewThe Spenser Encyclopedia (1990)

by Albert Charles Hamilton

Within the septenary, patience routinely is the virtue which cures wrath and acedia. Wrath, the vice of the malicious persecutor, is in some respects a natural enemy of a patience which endures adversity: the 'soft answer' of the patient man ...

Google previewGazophylacium latinitatis sive lexicon novum Latino-Germanicum (1668)

pro Acedia.

Google previewA Concise Dictionary of Theology

by by Gerald O’Collins, SJ, and Edward G. Farrugia, SJ

“Sloth”translates inadequately acedia(Gr. “indifference”), which meansapathy, torpor, ora distaste for spiritual matters. Sitz im Leben (German “place in life,” “life context”). Term popularized byHermann Gunkel (1862–1932) and other pioneers ...

Google previewNelson's Dictionary of Christianity (2001)

The Authoritative Resource on the Christian World by George Kurian

See also ACEDIA. acclamation Short formulae spoken by the congregation in response to.

Google previewBob's Dictionary of Big Words

by Robert Sungenis

acedia, n. loss of interest in life; slothful. Greek: akedia (a: not + kedos: care). acephalous, adj. without ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of World Religions (2006)

by Bruno Becchio, Johannes P. Schadé

Acedia Spiritual sloth, which is characterized by laziness or indifference in religious matters. Achaicus In the New Testament, one of the mature associates of the Corinthian congregation, who, together with Stephanas and Fortunatus, visited ...

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Acedia Meaning

Video shows what acedia means. spiritual or mental sloth.. apathy; a lack of care or interest; indifference. boredom. acedia synonyms: accedie, ennui, ...

Scrabble value of A1C3E1D2I1A1

The value of this 6-letter word is 9 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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