Definition of acedia in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈsēdēə/


Spiritual or mental sloth; apathy.
Example sentences
  • I would, however, still be feeling something - melancholia or acedia, ennui, despair, nameless dread or another such psychic state historically lacking effective treatment.
  • Faced with this situation, Smithson felt that the task of the artist was to cultivate a thoroughgoing acedia: ‘The artist should be an actor who refuses to act’ and ‘Immobility and inertia are what many of the most gifted artists prefer.’
  • R. R. Reno's connection of an overblown fear of suffering with acedia or spiritual apathy in ‘Fighting the Noonday Devil’ (August / September) gave me an ‘aha!’


Early 17th century: late Latin, from Greek akēdia 'listlessness', from a- 'without' + kēdos 'care'.

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Syllabification: a·ce·di·a

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