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Spiritual torpor and apathy; ennui.

[Late Latin, from Greek akēdeia, indifference : a-, a-; see a-1 + kēdos, care, anxiety; akin to Avestan sādra-, woe, Welsh cawdd, vexation, and Old English hete, hate.]


(Theology) another word for accidie


(əˈsi di ə)

sloth; spiritual torpor or indifference; apathy.
[1600–10; < Late Latin acēdia < Greek akḗdeia]
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Noun1.acedia - apathy and inactivity in the practice of virtue (personified as one of the deadly sins)acedia - apathy and inactivity in the practice of virtue (personified as one of the deadly sins)
deadly sin, mortal sin - an unpardonable sin entailing a total loss of grace; "theologians list seven mortal sins"
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Kathleen Norris, Acedia & Me: A Marriage, Monks, and a Writer's Life
Schintgen focuses on the failure to do one's spiritual duty as a distinctive quality of sloth or acedia, and her article enables us to see how Dante has structured his depiction of the slothful in purgatory to develop a focused understanding of the nature of this sin.
Acedia, a kind of spiritual apathy, is like the loss of hope in the action of the Spirit, the conviction that nothing can change and that it is better to maintain things as they are.
13) Where Aquinas connects that "superficial dwelling" to acedia, Blumenberg detects a premonition of the modern eagerness to conquer nature: acedia suggests an eagerness to give up on knowing God and to address the problems of this life.
The opposite of acedia is not hard work but cheerful affirmation.
He also wanted to distance his notion of leisure from the Christian sin of acedia, or sloth.
We can be tempted to give up, a condition spiritual writers call acedia, and which is also known as the noon-day devil.
Acedia etymologically derives from ancient Greek and the privative alpha (a-kedeia) emphasizes a "lack of care.
A subset of this category would be atheists who can be classified as people of acedia, those with spiritual apathy, who do not care if God exists.
In the Christian contemplative tradition zest is applied to avoid the state of lethargy and apathy called acedia (Norris, 2008).
Kathleen Norris's books include Dakota: A Spiritual Geography, The Cloister Walk, and Acedia & Me.
acedia and tristitia) were considered to be mortal sins within Christian thought all through the Middle Ages.