Sloth is defined as spiritual or emotional apathy and being physically and emotionally inactive. Acedia is a Latin word, from Greek ἁκηδείᾱ, meaning "Carelessness". Practice Dilligence. Diligence is a zealous and careful nature in one"s actions and work, exemplified by a decisive work ethic, budgeting of one"s time, monitoring one"s own activities to guard against laziness, and putting forth full concentration in one"s work. Diligence is usually promoted in work places.