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sloth
brown-throated three-toed sloth
Bradypus variegatus

sloth

 (slôth, slŏth, slōth)
n.
1. Aversion to work or exertion; laziness; indolence.
2. Any of various slow-moving, arboreal mammals of the suborder Folivora of South and Central America, having long hooklike claws by which they hang upside down from tree branches, and feeding on leaves, buds, and fruit, especially:
a. A member of the genus Bradypus, having three long-clawed toes on each forefoot. Also called ai, three-toed sloth.
b. A member of the genus Choloepus, having two toes on each forefoot. Also called two-toed sloth, unau.
3. A group of bears.

[Middle English slowth, from slow, slow; see slow.]

sloth

(sləʊθ)
n
1. (Animals) any of several shaggy-coated arboreal edentate mammals of the family Bradypodidae, esp Bradypus tridactylus (three-toed sloth or ai) or Choloepus didactylus (two-toed sloth or unau), of Central and South America. They are slow-moving, hanging upside down by their long arms and feeding on vegetation
2. reluctance to work or exert oneself
[Old English slǣwth; from slǣw, variant of slāw slow]

sloth

(slɔθ or, esp. for 2, sloʊθ)

n.
1. indolence; laziness.
2. any slow-moving, arboreal tropical American edentate of the family Bradypodidae, having hooklike claws and usu. hanging upside down.
[1125–75; Middle English slowth; see slow, -th1]

Sloth

 of bears: a company of bears—Bk. of St. Albans, 1486.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sloth - a disinclination to work or exert yourself
disinclination, hesitancy, hesitation, indisposition, reluctance - a certain degree of unwillingness; "a reluctance to commit himself"; "his hesitancy revealed his basic indisposition"; "after some hesitation he agreed"
2.sloth - any of several slow-moving arboreal mammals of South America and Central Americasloth - any of several slow-moving arboreal mammals of South America and Central America; they hang from branches back downward and feed on leaves and fruits
edentate - primitive terrestrial mammal with few if any teeth; of tropical Central America and South America
Bradypodidae, family Bradypodidae - a family of edentates comprising the true sloths
Bradypus tridactylus, three-toed sloth, ai - a sloth that has three long claws on each forefoot and each hindfoot
Choloepus didactylus, two-toed sloth, unai, unau - relatively small fast-moving sloth with two long claws on each front foot
Choloepus hoffmanni, two-toed sloth, unai, unau - a sloth of Central America that has two long claws on each forefoot and three long claws on each hindfoot
3.sloth - apathy and inactivity in the practice of virtue (personified as one of the deadly sins)sloth - 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"

sloth

sloth

noun
The quality or state of being lazy:
Informal: do-nothingism.
Translations
lenochodlenost
laiskiainenlaiskuus
lijenost
henyeséglajhárlustaságrestségtunyaság
ナマケモノ
leniveclenoba

sloth

[sləʊθ] N
1. (= idleness) → pereza f, indolencia f
2. (Zool) → oso m perezoso

sloth

[ˈsləʊθ] n
(= vice) → paresse f
(= animal) → paresseux m

sloth

n
(= laziness)Trägheit f, → Faulheit f
(Zool) → Faultier nt

sloth

[sləʊθ] n
a. (frm) (vice) → indolenza
b. (Zool) → bradipo
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In the one case a man lies dead-alive four genera- tions -- mummified in ignorance and sloth -- and that qualifies him to command live people, and take their weal and woe into his impotent hands; and in the other case, a man lies bedded with death and worms four generations, and that qualifies him for office in the celestial camp.
And if I let a gust of wind or a sprinkling of rain turn me aside from these easy tasks, what preparation would such sloth be for the future I propose to myself?
I have had unformed ideas of striving afresh, beginning anew, shaking off sloth and sensuality, and fighting out the abandoned fight.
Meanwhile, I had moved to sociable chambers within sound of the city clocks, and had lived the life of a lonely man about town, sinking more and more into the comfortable sloth of bachelorhood.
But well thou comst Before thy fellows, ambitious to win From me som Plume, that thy success may show Destruction to the rest: this pause between (Unanswerd least thou boast) to let thee know; At first I thought that Libertie and Heav'n To heav'nly Soules had bin all one; but now I see that most through sloth had rather serve, Ministring Spirits, traind up in Feast and Song; Such hast thou arm'd, the Minstrelsie of Heav'n, Servilitie with freedom to contend, As both thir deeds compar'd this day shall prove.
By all which, instead of being discouraged, they are fifty times more violently bent upon prosecuting their schemes, driven equally on by hope and despair: that as for himself, being not of an enterprising spirit, he was content to go on in the old forms, to live in the houses his ancestors had built, and act as they did, in every part of life, without innovation: that some few other persons of quality and gentry had done the same, but were looked on with an eye of contempt and ill-will, as enemies to art, ignorant, and ill common-wealth's men, preferring their own ease and sloth before the general improvement of their country.
Bagheera would lie out on a branch and call, "Come along, Little Brother," and at first Mowgli would cling like the sloth, but afterward he would fling himself through the branches almost as boldly as the gray ape.
But now sloth triumphs over energy, indolence over exertion, vice over virtue, arrogance over courage, and theory over practice in arms, which flourished and shone only in the golden ages and in knights-errant.
The creature had exactly the mild but repulsive features of a sloth, the same low forehead and slow gestures.
There were other signs of removal about, with queer narrow footprints like those I could imagine made by a sloth.
Instead of improving these gifts, rarely granted so abundantly, this has been your course -- you have given yourself up to sloth and drunkenness, and in a fit of intoxication have ruined your best friend.
Knowing the sloth of the Emperor Julian, he persuaded the army in Sclavonia, of which he was captain, that it would be right to go to Rome and avenge the death of Pertinax, who had been killed by the praetorian soldiers; and under this pretext, without appearing to aspire to the throne, he moved the army on Rome, and reached Italy before it was known that he had started.