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Definition characterized by a habit of hard work
  • She is likely to succeed in the job because she is smart, friendly, and industrious.
industrious = characterized by a habit of hard work
  • The most ridiculous example I can think of is that the people who run public education promote the stupid and idle along with the industrious—because all men are created equal, educators will gravely tell you, the children left behind suffer terrible feelings of inferiority.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • industrious = hard-working people
  • She is the most industrious of all Tashi's father's widows, and her fields are praised for their cleanliness, productivity and general attractiveness.
    Alice Walker  --  The Color Purple
  • industrious = hard working
  • And my mother's education was the product of the riots of 1937 and the industriousness of Mr. Chance.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • (Editor's note:  The suffix "-ness" converts an adjective to a noun that means the quality of. This is the same pattern you see in words like darkness, kindness, and coolness.)
  • They were inept at first but industrious.
    Larry McMurtry  --  Lonesome Dove
  • I demand this so that others may be deterred from similar crimes, so that peaceful and industrious people may be safe.
    Richard Wright  --  Native Son
  • "Well, he's very sober and industrious," said Nancy, trying to view the matter as cheerfully as possible.
    George Eliot  --  Silas Marner
  • A hundred years ago we had the ideal of the Industrious Apprentice; boys were told that by thrift and work they would all become Lord Mayors.
    G. K. Chesterton  --  The Fallacy of Success
  • But I was subject to it; and so were hundreds of intelligent and industrious people all around us.
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • Has it not been industriously circulated by yourselves?
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • The industrious Pilchuck dropped four more while they were crowding behind, following off the flat.
    Zane Grey  --  The Thundering Herd
  • Let our just censures Attend the true event, and put we on Industrious soldiership.
    William Shakespeare  --  Macbeth
  • I was so industrious I shocked myself.
    Sarah Dessen  --  This Lullaby
  • It had been real business, relative to the renewal of a lease in which the welfare of a large and—he believed—industrious family was at stake.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • Craftsmen and industrious artisans, return to your work, your houses, your shops, where the protection of guards awaits you!
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • "By what place did the imp enter?" asked the industrious scout, when his work was ended.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • But Tom is so steady, industrious, and pious.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom's Cabin
  • The Sweet Judy had caught up with him out among the islands, where he had been paddling a small canoe very industriously toward the horizon.
    Terry Pratchett  --  Nation
  • What, Ariel! my industrious servant, Ariel!
    William Shakespeare  --  The Tempest
  • She could not begrudge him his industrious amazement.
    Gish Jen  --  Typical American

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