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Synonyms for acedia

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

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Accidie may be Theo's word for his condition; the reader is likely to think of it in terms of a family pathology--the incapacity for love running as a kind of refrain through Theo's autobiography.
Entre Textes et Images: Constructions Identitaires en Accidie et cut Quebec.
Este traslado se puede atribuir, en principio, a la obra de Alexander Carpentarius, o Alexander Anglus, Destructorium vitiorum (siglo XIII, pues Anglus debio morir hacia 1245), que aisla nuestro pequeno relato del resto de la historia de Moises--en su ejemplificacion de los remediis contra peccatum accidie, aunque lo toma casi literalmente de la Historia Scholastica--, y anade la intencion moral y una interpretacion alegorica, lo que determinara su difusion posterior por todo el continente:
In Europe, students alienated from their traditional communities and the world of work came under the influence of "jaded academics, many of them not much older than their students, [who] discovered an antidote for accidie and boredom through laicised left-wing messianisms and the espousal of violence for other people, an especially despicable trait among left-wing intellectuals.
In her 1981 tanner lecture on human Values, 'the essential gesture: Writers and Responsibility', (Michigan, University of Michigan, 1981) Nadine Gordimer distinguishes the situations of countries such as South Africa and Nicaragua where 'conflict' is dictating the writer her responsibility, from countries 'where complacency, indifference, accidie and not conflict threaten the human spirit', p.
Anscombe who sees accidie, or "the positive dislike of sense in human affairs," as "a mark of our times.
For example, medieval Europeans recognized well the emotion of Accidie (acedia)--a kind of spiritual torpor characterized by boredom, dejection and aversion to fulfilling one's religious duty (praying), which, in modern times, became obsolete.
From works of a generation ago or more, on accidie and melancholy, the focus had moved on to marriage and love with a much admired book by Lawrence Stone (1977); to the once-general enjoyment of sensibility and horror, tears and shudders, in literature and in common behavior; more recently, to shame, anger, or disgust.