diligent

I
(Roget's IV) modif.
Syn. industrious, hard-working, assiduous, sedulous, studious, pertinacious, persevering, persistent, keen, tireless, unflagging, unremitting, untiring, indefatigable, careful, painstaking, thorough, purposeful, resolute, busy, intent, involved, earnest, steady, constant, dogged; see also busy 1 , careful .
Ant. lazy*, dilatory, careless.
Syn.- diligent implies persevering and careful attention, usually to a particular task, and often connotes enjoyment in the task [ a diligent student of music ] ; assiduous suggests painstaking, persevering preoccupation with some task [assiduous study ] ; sedulous implies unremitting devotion to a task until the goal is reached [ a sedulous investigation of the crime ] ; industrious suggests habitual devotion to one's work or activity [ an industrious salesclerk ]
II
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) (VOCABULARY WORD) a.
[DIL uh junt]
hard-working or industrious, careful and meticulous.
A diligent work force will make our company thrive.
SYN.: hard-working, industrious, careful, meticulous, painstaking, sedulous, assiduous, dogged, persistent, busy, unrelenting, steadfast, plugging, tireless, active, toiling.
ANT.: lazy, laggard, sluggish, slack
III
(Roget's Thesaurus II) adjective Characterized by steady attention and effort: assiduous, industrious, sedulous, studious. See INDUSTRIOUS.

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  • diligent — diligent, ente [ diliʒɑ̃, ɑ̃t ] adj. • fin XIIe; lat. diligens « attentif, zélé » 1 ♦ Vx Qui s applique avec soin à ce qu il fait. ⇒ appliqué, assidu, zélé. Un employé diligent. « Celle ci est adroite, soigneuse, diligente et surtout fidèle »… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • diligent — diligent, ente (di li jan, jan t ) adj. 1°   Qui a de la diligence, qui s applique avec attention. Un écolier diligent. Il est diligent en ses affaires.    Qui a le caractère de la diligence, en parlant des choses. •   Sans l avis diligent que j… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • diligent — DILIGÉNT, Ă, diligenţi, te, adj. (livr.) Harnic, sârguincios, zelos. – Din lat. diligens, ntis, fr. diligent. Trimis de LauraGellner, 18.10.2007. Sursa: DEX 98  DILIGÉNT adj. v. activ, harnic, muncitor, neobosit, neostenit, silitor, sârguincios …   Dicționar Român

  • diligent — I adjective assiduous, attentive, busily intent, businesslike, busy, conscientious, constant, dependable, diligens, dogged, enduring, exact, faithful, fastidious, hardworking, heedful, indefatigable, industrious, industrius, never idle, never… …   Law dictionary

  • diligent — DILIGENT, ENTE. adj. Prompt à faire les choses, expéditif. Messager diligent. Courrier diligent. Valet diligent, etc. [b]f♛/b] Il signifie aussi, Soigneux, laborieux, vigilant. Écolier diligent. Diligent en ses affaires …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • diligent — DILIGENT, [dilig]ente. adj. Prompt à faire les choses, expeditif. Messager diligent. courier diligent. valet diligent. Il sign. aussi, Soigneux, laborieux, vigilant, Escolier diligent. diligent en ses affaires …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Diligent — Dil i*gent, a. [F. diligent, L. diligens, entis, p. pr. of diligere, dilectum, to esteem highly, prefer; di = dis + legere to choose. See {Legend}.] 1. Prosecuted with careful attention and effort; careful; painstaking; not careless or negligent …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • diligent — Diligent, m. Hastif et soigneux à faire quelque chose, Diligens, Gnauus vel Nauus, Impiger, Sedulus. Diligent et prouvoyant à ses affaires, Prouidus. Fort diligent, Perdiligens. Diligente, f. Foemina diligens, Impigra …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • Diligent — Surtout porté dans l Aube, devrait avoir un sens identique à celui de l adjectif diligent (= empressé, zélé). À noter que le nom existe aussi en Italie (où il est assez rare) sous les formes Diligente et Diligenti. Porté dans le Calvados, le nom… …   Noms de famille

  • diligent — mid 14c., from O.Fr. diligent (14c.), from L. diligentem attentive, assiduous (see DILIGENCE (Cf. diligence)). Related: Diligently …   Etymology dictionary

  • diligent — assiduous, sedulous, industrious, *busy Analogous words: persevering, persisting or persistent (see corresponding verbs at PERSEVERE): *indefatigable, tireless, untiring, unwearied, unflagging Antonyms: dilatory Contrasted words: *slow, laggard,… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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