Definitions for industriousɪnˈdʌs tri əs

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. hardworking, industrious, tireless, untiring(adj)

    characterized by hard work and perseverance

  2. energetic, gumptious, industrious, up-and-coming(adj)

    working hard to promote an enterprise

Wiktionary

  1. industrious(Adjective)

    Hard-working and persistent; worksome.

    I was very industrious in my effort to learn unicycle riding.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Industrious(adj)

    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

  2. Industrious(adj)

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

  3. Origin: [L. industrius, industriosus: cf. F. industrieux. See Industry.]

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Samuel Butler:

    To do great work a man must be very idle as well as very industrious.

  2. Guy Finley:

    Spend everyday casual, but industrious Every moment alert, but relaxed.

  3. Francis Bacon:

    I think we have more machinery of government than is necessary, too many parasites living on the labor of the industrious.

  4. Henry David Thoreau:

    If a man walks in the woods for love of them half of each day, he is in danger of being regarded as a loafer. But if he spends his days as a speculator, shearing off those woods and making the earth bald before her time, he is deemed an industrious and enterprising citizen.

  5. Clive Staples Lewis:

    What I want to fix your attention on is the vast overall movement towards the discrediting, and finally the elimination, of every kind of human excellence -- moral, cultural, social or intellectual. And is it not pretty to notice how 'democracy' (in the incantatory sense) is now doing for us the work that was once done by the most ancient dictatorships, and by the same methods The basic proposal of the new education is to be that dunces and idlers must not be made to feel inferior to intelligent and industrious pupils. That would be 'undemocratic.' Children who are fit to proceed may be artificially kept back, because the others would get a trauma by being left behind. The bright pupil thus remains democratically fettered to his own age group throughout his school career, and a boy who would be capable of tackling Aeschylus or Dante sits listening to his coeval's attempts to spell out A CAT SAT ON A MAT. We may reasonably hope for the virtual abolition of education when 'I'm as good as you' has fully had its way. All incentives to learn and all penalties for not learning will vanish. The few who might want to learn will be prevented who are they to overtop their fellows And anyway, the teachers -- or should I say nurses -- will be far too busy reassuring the dunces and patting them on the back to waste any time on real teaching. We shall no longer have to plan and toil to spread imperturbable conceit and incurable ignorance among men.

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