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(Late Latin, from the Greek akëdeia, a- + këdos care, grief)

"abysmal apathy," an ecclesiastical term from late medieval monasticism, describing a state of acute depression particularly likely to affect those living a monastic existence. Acedia was considered a factor that could place monks and nuns at risk of demonic possession.

Source: Lewis Mumford. Interpretations and Forecasts (1973)

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