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Jul 21, 2009
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Miscellaneous words

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equanimity
assiduous
disinter
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assiduous

PRONUNCIATION:
(uh-SIJ-oo-uhs)

MEANING:
adjective: Constant; persistent; industrious.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin assiduus, from assidere (to attend to, to sit down to), from ad- (toward) + sedere (to sit). Ultimately from the Indo-European root sed- (to sit) that is also the source of sit, chair, saddle, assess, sediment, soot, cathedral, and tetrahedron.

USAGE:
"The reason for his presence there [a Donald Duck statue in a temple garden] remains a mystery despite the author's most assiduous inquiries."
Jeff Kingston; Chiang Mai: Thailand's Beguiling Rose of the North; The Japan Times (Tokyo); Jun 28, 2009.

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

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Every sin is an attempt to fly from emptiness. -Simone Weil, philosopher, mystic, activist (1909-1943)

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