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Feb 19, 2014
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seven mortal sins
Acedia is one of the seven deadly sins in Christian theology. Others are pride, wrath, greed, lust, envy, and gluttony. What happens when you mix any two of these? Check out the above chart. Combining three or more sins is left as an exercise for the reader.
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acedia

PRONUNCIATION:
(uh-SEE-dee-uh)

MEANING:
noun: Apathy; boredom; sloth.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin acedia, from Greek akedia, from a- (not) + kedos (care). Earliest documented use: 1607.

USAGE:
"Acedia plagues the novice much more than the experienced solitary; unlike some of the new guards, I do not suffer from boredom or listlessness."
Chloe Aridjis; Asunder; Mariner Books; 2013.

See more usage examples of acedia in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

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