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(ˈæksɪdɪ) or


(Theology) spiritual sloth; apathy; indifference
[in use c13 to c16 and revived c19: via Late Latin from Greek akēdia, from a-1 + kēdos care]
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(əˈsi di ə)

sloth; spiritual torpor or indifference; apathy.
[1600–10; < Late Latin acēdia < Greek akḗdeia]
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The second stanza meditates on time, accidie, and the English character.
I want to retain the possibility of accidie, as well as situations where passion overwhelms us; see, for example, Immanuel Kant, Anthropology from a Practical Point of View, ed.
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Anomie and accidie which were also mentioned are, I fear, surely doomed to extinction.
Through spiritual or physical tiredness, through accidie, through weakness of body, through general apathy, through despair, through inability to concentrate, through a feeling of uselessness or futility, and so on, one may feel less and less motivated to seek what is good.
his wyf and his wenche Baren hym to his bed and brouhten hym per-ynne, And aftur al this exces he hadde an accidie aftur; A sleep Saturday and Sonenday til pe sonne zede to reste.
It is not enough merely to recover one's humanity within disillusionment, and it is not enough merely to express the range of one's "minor, banal dissatisfactions," to continue with Wilde's definition, or to express "not anomie or accidie or dread but a muted series of irritations, frustrations, and bafflements" amidst that death of consciousness, a death which "may explain the concern with the apocalyptic in much recent fiction or with the self-abnegations of the minimalist and the aleatory in painting and music" (15-16,129,165,170-78).
Thus did this discerning young man come to see that what Thomas Jefferson once saw as the great danger of a gradual growth of a "consolidated" government should now be seen, a fortiori, to be an even more intractable and viscous difficulty, convincingly to be recognized when one has tried to unconsolidate the state, as it were--the devolution of power being something distinctive in itself, and altogether a special form of inertia and spiritual sloth (acedia, accidie).
In accepting the Fellowship, Baxter was making his peace with academia, with the 'puritanism' of New Zealand bureaucracy and the accidie of respectable domesticity--in short, with the gorgons he'd slain in order to become a poet in the first place.
Entre Textes et Images: Constructions Identitaires en Accidie et cut Quebec.