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industrious

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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Industrious \In*dus"tri*ous\, adjective [L. industrius, industriosus: cf. F. industrieux. See {Industry}.]

1. Given to industry; characterized by diligence; constantly, regularly, or habitually occupied; busy; assiduous; not slothful or idle; -- commonly implying devotion to lawful and useful labor.

Frugal and industrious men are commonly friendly to the established government. --Sir W. Temple.

2. Steadily and perseveringly active in a particular pursuit or aim; as, he was negligent in business, but industrious in pleasure; an industrious mischief maker.

Industrious to seek out the truth of all things. --Spenser. -- {In*dus"tri*ous*ly}, adverb -- {In*dus"tri*ous*ness}, noun

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

industrious

adjective

1: characterized by hard work and perseverance [syn: {hardworking}, {industrious}, {tireless}, {untiring}]

2: working hard to promote an enterprise [syn: {energetic}, {gumptious}, {industrious}, {up-and-coming}]


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