diligence

[ dil-i-juh ns ]SEE DEFINITION OF diligence

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR DILIGENCE

Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.

If we imitate Lydia in diligence, let us not forget to imitate her in piety.

But all this diligence and speed were not without an object.

It was necessary to hasten, so that he might be sure of booking a place in the diligence.

She was the only passenger in the diligence, and the door was locked.

I then jumped down from the diligence and looked curiously around me.

Suffice it to say, that for my own part, diligence hath not been wanting in the research.

Yet with them grew my sense of need to redouble a lover's diligence.

His diligence was so continuous and so regular that it became habitual.

They sought for the slayer of their friend with diligence and zeal.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-14c., from Old French diligence "attention, care; haste, speed," from Latin diligentia "attentiveness, carefulness," from diligentem (nominative diligens) "attentive, assiduous, careful," originally present participle of diligere "single out, value highly, esteem, prize, love; aspire to, be content with, appreciate," originally "to pick out, select," from dis- "apart" (see dis-) + legere "choose, gather" (see lecture (n.)).

Sense evolved from "love" through "attentiveness" to "carefulness" to "steady effort." From the secondary French sense comes the old useage of diligence for "public stage coach" (1742; dilly for short), from a French shortening of carrosse de diligence.

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