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March 18, 2008
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Tuesday, 18th March 2008 : Today's Word is ...

Sloth




( Noun )



Pronunciation : slawth & slτth


Definition



1. a dislike of work or any kind of physical exertion

2. BIOLOGY : a slow-moving mammal that uses its long claws to hang upside down from tree branches. Native to: Central, South America. Genera Bradypus, Choloepus.

3. BIOLOGY : a pack or group of bears

4. habitual disinclination to exertion

5. apathy and inactivity in the practice of virtue (personified as one of the deadly sins)


Etymology:


[12th century - slow + -th, suffix forming nouns - Indo-European


Synonyms:


do-nothingness, idleness, inactivity, indolence, inertia, lackadaisicalness, languidness, laxness, lethargy, listlessness, slackness, slothfulness, slowness, sluggishness, supineness, laziness


Antonyms:


energy, industriousness


Contextual Examples:


• The three-toed sloth is so slow and lazy that it has green fur because of an algae that grows on it.

• Abashed by this question, I replied that sloth was my chief temptation.

• The creature had exactly the mild but repulsive features of a sloth, the same low forehead and slow gestures.

• Meanwhile, I had moved to sociable chambers within sound of the city clocks, and had lived the life of a lonely man about town, sinking more and more into the comfortable sloth of bachelorhood.

• To be lazy and sluggish is to be slothful.

• Ophelia's slothful husband virtually lived on the couch in the living room and the television remote control devise was in danger of becoming grafted to his hand.

• Ivan's weekends were devoted to sloth. He never arose before noon and he seldom left the house before Monday morning.

• You may have seen a picture of an animal called a sloth. It hangs upside down from tree limbs and is never in a hurry to do anything.

• To fall into sloth is to act like a sloth.


Related Words:


• slothfully : Adjective

• slothfulness : Noun

• Slothful : Adjective


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