\ \ [18] Historically, indolent means ‘feeling no pain’ – indeed, that is how it was used as a technical medical term in English in the 17th and 18th centuries. It comes from late Latin indolens, which was based on the Latin verb doleresuffer pain’ (source also of English dolour [13] and doleful [13]). English took the term directly from Latin, but meanwhile in French indolent had broadened out in meaning via ‘insensitive’ to ‘inactive, lethargic, lazy’, and that is the basis of the current English use of the adjective, acquired in the early 18th century.

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  • indolent — indolent, ente [ ɛ̃dɔlɑ̃, ɑ̃t ] adj. • 1590; bas lat. indolens → indolence 1 ♦ Vx Qui ne souffre pas (opposé à dolent). ♢ Vx Qui ne fait pas souffrir. ⇒ indolore. « la plaie creusée dans son flanc est mortelle, mais indolente » (Duhamel). ♢ Vx… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • indolent — indolent, ente (in do lan, lan t ) adj. 1°   Terme de médecine. Qui ne cause pas de douleur. •   M. Turgot est toujours affecté d une goutte indolente, héréditaire dans la famille.... on appelle cette goutte indolente, parce qu elle ne fait pas… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • indolent — INDOLÉNT, Ă, indolenţi, te, adj. Care este lipsit de energie; nepăsător, apatic; leneş, trândav. – Din fr. indolent, lat. indolens, ntis. Trimis de valeriu, 21.07.2003. Sursa: DEX 98  Indolent ≠ robust, viguros, vigoare, muncitor Trimis de… …   Dicționar Român

  • Indolent — In do*lent, a. [Pref. in not + L. dolens, entis, p. pr. of dolere to feel pain: cf. F. indolent. See {Dolorous}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Free from toil, pain, or trouble. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] 2. Indulging in ease; avoiding labor and exertion;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • indolent — Indolent, [indo]lente. adj. Insensible, paresseux, nonchalant. Il ne s émeut de rien, c est un homme indolent. il a l air indolent. Il est quelquefois subst. Je ne m estonne pas s il n a point fait de fortune, c est un indolent …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • indolent — [in′də lənt] adj. [< LL indolens < L in , not + dolens, prp. of dolere, to feel pain: see DOLEFUL] 1. disliking or avoiding work; idle; lazy 2. Med. a) causing little or no pain [an indolent cyst] b) slow to heal [an indolent ulcer] …   English World dictionary

  • indolent — (adj.) 1660s, painless, from L.L. indolentem (see INDOLENCE (Cf. indolence)). Sense of living easily is 1710, from Fr. indolent. Related: Indolently …   Etymology dictionary

  • Indolent — (v. lat.), 1) unempfindlich, gefühllos, gleichgültig; 2) träg, daher Indolenz; hat dieselbe ihren Grund in einem Übergewicht des kalt berechnenden Verstandes, so ist sie Gefühllosigkeit; erwecken jedoch gewisse Gegenstände, Vorgänge etc. keine… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Indolént — (lat.), lässig, schlaff, gleichgültig; Indolénz, Schlaffheit, Gleichgültigkeit …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • indolent — I adjective apathetic, cunctative, deses, dilatory, idle, ignavus, inactive, indifferent, indisposed to action, iners, lackadaisical, lacking vigor, laggard, languid, lax, lazy, leaden, lethargic, listless, loafing, motionless, negligent, otiose …   Law dictionary

  • indolent — indolent:1.⇨gleichgültig(1)–2.⇨träge …   Das Wörterbuch der Synonyme

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