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Accidie (Gk., akēdia, ‘negligence’, ‘indifference’). In ascetical terminology, one of the principal temptations, or deadly sins. Accidie is a listlessness tempting one to give up prayer and the spiritual life. In the later English tradition it is translated as sloth, which is an oversimplification.


views updated Jun 27 2018

accidie spiritual or mental sloth; apathy. Recorded from Middle English (figuring in lists of the seven deadly sins), the word comes via Latin from Greek akēdia ‘listlessness’, from a- ‘without’ + kēdos ‘care’.