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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.]
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(Theology) another word for accidie
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(əˈsi di ə)

sloth; spiritual torpor or indifference; apathy.
[1600–10; < Late Latin acēdia < Greek akḗdeia]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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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Benjamin writes, "that acedia which despairs or appropriating the genuine historical image as it briefly flashes up.
Y advierte a ese asceta que, pese al nivel de oracion alcanzado, entregarse a la concupiscencia o a la ira, las dos pasiones radicales descritas en LA 20-23, le alejara de ese estado espiritual y le sumergira en la acedia, o pereza hacia la vida interior (18).
One of the principle vices associated with a lack of hope is acedia, sloth, and Pieper's description of sloth holds duty and greatness at its heart:
Setting the 'self' free from acedia and fostering faith while encouraging them "to take part in the freedom struggle" (Nkrumah, 1963, p.
Culture is thus more than an Antique form of leisure--although leisure was neither idleness or acedia. (8)
Cauze si remedii (Acedia), Tanasescu-Vlas A., trans., Bucuresti: Cartea Ortodoxa.
Pope Gregory and Saint Thomas Aquinas elaborated on this list by including the idea of Acedia from the Latin meaning 'without care'-the neglect to take care of something that one should do.
Ao mesmo tempo em que era atribuida a nocao de direito as respostas sociais, reforcava-se a desigualdade ao acesso dada a falta de diversificacao do publico que acedia ao ensino superior relativamente a condicao socioeconomica, reproduzindo as desigualdades educativas e o ciclo de exclusao.
After Seneca, the consolidation of the notion of boredom as being linked to a fear of death was established definitively with the emergence of Christianity and the subsequent period of cultural rebirth in the fourth century, during which we witness the birth of the concept of "Acedia".