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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.]


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]


(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]


 of messengers: messengers collectivelyBk. of St. Albans, 1486.
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"



Steady attention and effort, as to one's occupation:
iîni, ástundun


[ˈdɪlɪdʒəns] Ndiligencia f


[ˈdɪlɪdʒəns] nassiduité f, application f
with diligence → avec assiduité


n (in work etc) → Fleiß m; (= keenness)Eifer m


[ˈdɪlɪdʒns] ndiligenza


(ˈdilidʒənt) adjective
conscientious; hardworking. a diligent student.
ˈdiligently adverb
ˈdiligence noun
References in classic literature ?
That is to say, it was diligence-time-- the half-dozen big diligences would soon be arriving from Geneva, and the village was interested, in many ways, in knowing how many people were coming and what sort of folk they might be.
Continuing thus, I came at length opposite to the inn at which the various diligences and carriages usually stopped.
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?
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.