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dil·i·gence 1

1. Earnest and persistent application to an undertaking; steady effort; assiduity.
2. Attentive care; heedfulness.

dil·i·gence 2

 (dĭl′ə-jəns, dē′lē-zhäNs′)
A large stagecoach.

[French, from (carrosse de) diligence, speed (coach), from Old French, diligence, dispatch, from Latin dīligentia, from dīligēns, dīligent-, diligent; see diligent.]
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1. steady and careful application
2. proper attention or care
3. (Law) law the degree of care required in a given situation
[C14: from Latin dīligentia care, attentiveness]


(ˈdɪlɪdʒəns; French diliʒɑ̃s)
(Historical Terms) history a stagecoach
[C18: from French, shortened from carosse de diligence, literally: coach of speed]
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(ˈdɪl ɪ dʒəns)

1. constant and earnest effort to accomplish what is undertaken.
2. the degree of care and caution expected of a person.
[1300–50; Middle English deligence (< Anglo-French) < Latin]


(ˈdɪl ɪ dʒəns; Fr. di liˈʒɑ̃s)

n. (-dʒən sɪz; Fr. -ˈʒɑ̃s)
a stagecoach.
[1735–45; short for French carosse de diligence speed coach]
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 of messengers: messengers collectivelyBk. of St. Albans, 1486.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.diligence - conscientiousness in paying proper attention to a task; giving the degree of care required in a given situation
painstakingness, conscientiousness - the trait of being painstaking and careful
2.diligence - persevering determination to perform a task; "his diligence won him quick promotions"; "frugality and industry are still regarded as virtues"
determination, purpose - the quality of being determined to do or achieve something; firmness of purpose; "his determination showed in his every movement"; "he is a man of purpose"
assiduity, assiduousness, concentration - great and constant diligence and attention
sedulity, sedulousness - the quality of being constantly diligent and attentive
studiousness - diligent study
3.diligence - a diligent effortdiligence - a diligent effort; "it is a job requiring serious application"
elbow grease, exertion, effort, travail, sweat - use of physical or mental energy; hard work; "he got an A for effort"; "they managed only with great exertion"
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Steady attention and effort, as to one's occupation:
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iîni, ástundun


[ˈdɪlɪdʒəns] Ndiligencia f
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[ˈdɪlɪdʒəns] nassiduité f, application f
with diligence → avec assiduité
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n (in work etc) → Fleiß m; (= keenness)Eifer m
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[ˈdɪlɪdʒns] ndiligenza
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(ˈdilidʒənt) adjective
conscientious; hardworking. a diligent student.
ˈdiligently adverb
ˈdiligence noun
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References in classic literature ?
Thenceforward he pursued that plan, and by zeal and diligence rose to be Chief, and sobriety is unknown in the region subject to his sway.
Allen had no particular reason to hope it would be followed with more advantage now; but we are told to "despair of nothing we would attain," as "unwearied diligence our point would gain"; and the unwearied diligence with which she had every day wished for the same thing was at length to have its just reward, for hardly had she been seated ten minutes before a lady of about her own age, who was sitting by her, and had been looking at her attentively for several minutes, addressed her with great complaisance in these words: "I think, madam, I cannot be mistaken; it is a long time since I had the pleasure of seeing you, but is not your name Allen?" This question answered, as it readily was, the stranger pronounced hers to be Thorpe; and Mrs.
We met here with new delays; the fleet that was to transport us did not appear, the patriarch lost all patience, and his zeal so much affected the commander at Diou, that he undertook to equip a vessel for us, and pushed the work forward with the utmost diligence. At length, the long-expected ships entered the port; we were overjoyed, we were transported, and prepared to go on board.
All ye to whom rough labour is dear, and the rapid, new, and strange--ye put up with yourselves badly; your diligence is flight, and the will to self-forgetfulness.
Also fearing for the worst, we telegraphed for a large number of seats in the diligence for Damascus, and horses for the ruins of Baalbec.
I am sure that your official superiors do not need to be convinced of your diligence!
The next step was to examine among the inhabitants of the parish; and this was referred to Mrs Wilkins, who was to enquire with all imaginable diligence, and to make her report in the afternoon.
Even Scoresby, the justly renowned Right whaleman, after giving us a stiff full length of the Greenland whale, and three or four delicate miniatures of narwhales and porpoises, treats us to a series of classical engravings of boat hooks, chopping knives, and grapnels; and with the microscopic diligence of a Leuwenhoeck submits to the inspection of a shivering world ninety-six fac-similes of magnified Arctic snow crystals.
The gains of ordinary trades and vocations are honest; and furthered by two things chiefly: by diligence, and by a good name, for good and fair dealing.
Two hours, passed in the utmost diligence, enabled them to make a half circuit around the rock, and to reach a point that was exactly opposite to the original direction of their flight.
"What?" replied Samson; "why, as soon as he has found the history which he is now searching for with extraordinary diligence, he will at once give it to the press, moved more by the profit that may accrue to him from doing so than by any thought of praise."
War, like most other things, is a science to be acquired and perfected by diligence, by perserverance, by time, and by practice.