di-, 分开，散开，来自dis-变体。-lig, 选择，词源同collect, eligible. 即选出，甄选，引申为勤勉，勤奋。
- diligence (n.)
- mid-14c., from Old French diligence "attention, care; haste, speed," from Latin diligentia "attentiveness, carefulness," from diligentem (nominative diligens) "attentive, assiduous, careful," originally present participle 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-) + legere "choose, gather" (see 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.
- 1. The police are pursuing their inquiries with great diligence.
- 2. He exhorted his companions, "Try to accomplish your aim with diligence".
- 3. She shows great diligence in her schoolwork.
- 4. Diligence and thrift made him a possessor of warm fortunes.
- 5. If your talent combines with diligence, you can excel in your pursuit.
- 如果你把天赋与勤奋结合起来, 你所追求的事业便会出类拔萃.
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