Definition Of acedia

noun

spiritual or mental sloth; apathy.

I would, however, still be feeling something - melancholia or acedia , ennui, despair, nameless dread or another such psychic state historically lacking effective treatment.

Example Of acedia

  • Faced with this situation, Smithson felt that the task of the artist was to cultivate a thoroughgoing acedia : ‘The artist should be an actor who refuses to act’ and ‘Immobility and inertia are what many of the most gifted artists prefer.’

  • Few of us who read habitually ever feel called upon to defend the practice-a kind of reader's acedia , an occupational hazard.

  • I would, however, still be feeling something - melancholia or acedia , ennui, despair, nameless dread or another such psychic state historically lacking effective treatment.

  • If McKibben highlights pride and avarice, R. R. Reno contends that the most corrosive vice of our age is sloth, spiritual apathy, what the monks called ‘the noonday devil’ of acedia .

  • Medieval English writers often speak of acedia as wanhope, a waning of confidence in the efficacy and importance of prayer.


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