shiftlessness


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a failure to be active as a consequence of lack of initiative or ambition

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These jokes speak to the irresponsible political shiftlessness of the Nigerian leadership and political elites as well as the stagnancy of the Nigerian state.
The researchers surmised that the characteristics of "shiftlessness, indolence, improvidence and inertia," which were attributed to the Indian race, were in fact a result of malnutrition: that disease susceptibility was from a lack of food.
If, as these overlapping elements suggest, "Apres mai" is an early-20th-century redux of "Cold Water," Assayas' audience should perhaps be grateful that the writer-director is so transparent in hitching the shiftlessness of his early years to contemporary society's anti-militant mores.
We observed inertness, low spirits, pessimistic evaluation of capability to do without the drug, shiftlessness and indifference to others as well as reluctance to have a dialogue with a physician.
Teicher depicts city life as promoting a sense of shiftlessness. Indeed, his portrayals of city life in Cradle Book suggest that individuals in these urban environments often lack a sense of purpose as they navigate the "crowded alleys," streets, and shops.
Describing the "indigent" authors of prerevolutionary Paris and London, Robert Darnton depicts writers "surviving as best they could," churning out libels and pamphlets in a desperate struggle "to put bread on the table when they were hungry." (8) More conventional early modern images of authorial destitution tended, by contrast, toward decidedly more allegorical renderings, with poverty-marking details such as unkemptness, shabbiness, shiftlessness, and the taste for low-quality victuals (like wine) serving to highlight moral deficiencies--lack of self-control, dishonesty, laziness--rather than the objective circumstances of a writer's existence.
He'd probably be a good influence on our own kids," I commented, casting a fishy eye toward 12-year-old Jenny, who was preparing to enter junior high, and who also was, even at that tender age, beginning to show ominous signs of shiftlessness.
characterized by "absenteeism, shiftlessness, or malfeasance."
It's Christmas time, my jo, Tom, And Christmas warmth is here, May luck and joy be your lot Thro' all the coming year; May perseverance be your friend And shiftlessness your foe, Many blessings on your brow, Tom, Tom Wallis, my jo.
Her ideal was "a return to Victorian liberal values, but instead of the Victorian virtues of stability and thrift, the result was a largely proletarian society, characterised by shiftlessness ("flexible labor market"), low inflation and high personal debt, where the state now promotes only the interests of the corporate individuals, and suppresses truly "liberal" social forces like unions.
May perceives her father-in-law's marriage to a daughter of parents characterized by their "unapologetic shiftlessness" as "the end" of the Cosey story of respectable uplift (138, 136).
Glasgow defines her yeomanry relationally, making foils of both the elite and the subaltern by rejecting both the opulence of the gentry and the supposed shiftlessness of the poor white.
It is not about a man whose religious allegiance is name for a shiftlessness and fatalism that make him degenerate in poverty and bestial before hunger, nor about a family of rustics who sink in naturalistic anonymity when the religious elevation of their burial rite is over.
(56-62) Presented, in Adam's crowns, with an immediate instance of astounding subaltern loyalty and magnanimity, Orlando perversely attacks underclass shiftlessness. The true note of ideology ("In the sphere of ideology, concrete particular and universal truth glide ceaselessly in and out of each other, bypassing the mediation of rational analysis") (50) is sustained as his tirade sketches an almost demented extreme of patrician deserving.
when the last obolus had been drawn out of the savings' bank, and there was a dearth of cash, and a plentiful supply of care by way of keeping the balance even, she could no longer keep silence, tightly reined as were Athenian matrons, and proceeded to give Socrates a piece of her mind,--the only gift that, thanks to his shiftlessness, she had it in her power to make to any one.