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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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    • album: "Everyone You Love Will Eventually Die"


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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 Aurinia 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 technical term in monastic theology, whose meaning is not fully expressed by the word 'sloth'; (which...

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

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 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 previewThomas Merton and the Noonday Demon (2015)

The Camaldoli Correspondence by Donald Grayston

Acedia is the disease which afflicts the whole world, especially. 62. Ibid., xlvi.

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 previewWalking in Wonder (2014)

Resilience in Ministry by George R. Sinclair

Acedia is a particularly dangerous sin because the ...

Google previewMoments (2010)

by Daniel J. Perin

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

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 New Westminster Dictionary of Christian Spirituality (2005)

by Philip Sheldrake

IOANNE MAGUIRE ROBINSON Acedia Originally one of the eight principal logismoi (tempting-thoughts or passions) of early Christian monastic literature, acedia came to be included among the medieval seven deadly sins. Although generally ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Depression [2 volumes] (2010)

by Linda Wasmer Andrews

discussed acedia as a vice afflicting ascetics leading a solitary existence in the fifth century, but it could be argued that the problem of spiritual ennui is both universal and timeless. Cassian's acedia is a specifically spiritual problem; ...

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 previewNew Dictionary of Christian Ethics & Pastoral Theology (2013)

by David J. Atkinson, David F. Field, Arthur F. Holmes, Oliver O'Donovan

Wenzel, The Sin ofSloth: Acedia in Mediaeval Thought and Literature (Chapel Hill, NC, 1967).

Google previewThe New Universities Dictionary ... (1922)

by George Jotham Hagaqr

acedia (5.-se'di-a), 11. an abnormal condition of the mind, characterized by lassitude, listlessness, and general indifierence. acentric (£1- sen'trik), adj.

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 previewBob's Dictionary of Big Words (2016)

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 ...

Google previewChambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 4 of 4: S-Z and supplements)

by Various

acedia (LateL.) ...

Google previewDictionary of Christian Biography and Literature (1911)

by Wace, Henry

The vitia are gula, fornicatio, cupiditas, ira, tristitia, acedia, vana gloria, superbia. VI. Five Epistolae Aliquot ad Diversos : (1) "ad Bonifacium IV."; (2) "ad Patres Synodi cujusdam Gallicanae super Quaestione Paschae Congregatae"; (3) "ad ...

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