3 definitions found

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

industriousness \in*dus"tri*ous*ness\ n. persevering application; habitual and diligent occupation with productive activity.

Syn: diligence, industry. [WordNet 1.5]

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]:



1: persevering determination to perform a task; "his diligence won him quick promotions"; "frugality and industry are still regarded as virtues" [syn: {diligence}, {industriousness}, {industry}]

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