State that inhibits pleasure and prompts the rejection of life; one of the Seven Deadly Sins . Aquinas associates it with turning one's back on things, through depression or self-hatred, and nicely defines it as a torpor of spirit which prevents one from getting down to anything good (Summa Theologiae, IIa 35. 1). Often it is translated as sloth, which is actually quite different. See also apathy.

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  • Accidie — Ac ci*die, n. [OF. accide, accidie, LL. accidia, acedia, fr. Gr. ?; a priv. + ? care.] Sloth; torpor. [Obs.] The sin of accidie. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • accidie — [ak sid′ē əak′sə dē΄] n. ACEDIA: also accidia [ak sid′ē ə] …   English World dictionary

  • accidie — noun /ˈæksɪdɪ/ Sloth; torpor , The sin of accidie …   Wiktionary

  • accidie — n. laziness, sloth, apathy. Etymology: ME f. AF accidie f. OF accide f. med.L accidia …   Useful english dictionary

  • accidie — noun Date: 13th century acedia …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • accidie — /ak si dee/, n. acedia. [1200 50; ME < ML accidia (alter. of LL acedia ACEDIA); r. ME accide < OF] * * * …   Universalium

  • Accidie — What today we might call depression: a torpid state, lacking interest in anything and suggesting sloth. It was a condition which afflicted monks, as despair was considered one of the seven deadly sins. [< Lat. acedia = weariness of body or… …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • Accidie — Despondency, depression, listlessness, a distaste for life without any specific reason …   Dictionary of church terms

  • accidie — n. acedia, apathy, listlessness, indifference; boredom; torpor …   English contemporary dictionary

  • accidie — [ aksɪdi] noun literary spiritual or mental sloth. Origin ME: via OFr. from med. L. accidia, alt. of acedia …   English new terms dictionary

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