diligence

diligence (n.) mid-14c., from O.Fr. diligence "attention, care; haste, speed," from L. diligentia "attentiveness, carefulness," from diligentem (nom. diligens) "attentive, assiduous, careful," originally prp. 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- (Cf. dis-)) + legere "choose, gather" (see LECTURE (Cf. 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.

Etymology dictionary. 2014.

Synonyms:
(in some specific pursuit), , , , , (to some pursuit that one likes)


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  • diligence — DILIGENCE. sub. f. (On pron. Jan dans ce mot et les suivans.) Prompte exécution. Travailler avec diligence, en diligence, en grande diligence. Aller en diligence. User de diligence. f♛/b] On dit, Faire diligence, faire grande diligence, pour dire …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

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  • diligence — dil·i·gence / di lə jəns/ n: earnest and persistent application of effort esp. as required by law; also: care (1) see also due diligence Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

  • diligence — Diligence. s. f. Prompte execution. Travailler avec diligence, en diligence, en grande diligence. aller en diligence. user de diligence. On dit, Faire diligence. faire grande diligence, pour dire, Faire une chose promptement. Travaillez à mon… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

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  • diligence — diligence1 [dil′ə jəns] n. [ME < OFr < L diligentia < diligens, prp. of diligere, to esteem highly, select < di , apart + legere, to choose, collect: see LOGIC] 1. the quality of being diligent; constant, careful effort; perseverance… …   English World dictionary

  • Diligence — Di li*gence , n. [F.] A four wheeled public stagecoach, used in France. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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