No Matter How You Say It: Diligence

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Word Origin

Diligence is a descendant of diligere, a Latin word meaning “to value highly”. It is formed by combining dis (“apart”) and legere (“to choose”). Diligent individuals choose to make the most of their abilities and their energies.


Sign Language

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Diligent Idioms

  • Apply yourself
  • Be a bee in a bonnet
  • Be a doer, not a talker
  • Be a hard worker
  • Be a stickler for detail
  • Be a true believer
  • Be all in
  • Be dedicated
  • Be industrious
  • Be like a battering ram
  • Be like a dog with a bone
  • Be like a marathon runner
  • Be perseverant
  • Be prepared to pay your dues
  • Be tenacious
  • Be willing to put in the sweat equity
  • Burn the midnight oil
  • Dig deep
  • Get down to business
  • Give it your best shot
  • Go the extra mile
  • Have tunnel vision
  • Leave no stone unturned
  • Practice makes perfect
  • Put your nose to the grindstone
  • Roll up your sleeves
  • The devil is in the details

                                          In Other Languages

                                          Spanish – diligencia 

                                          French – diligence

                                          German – Sorgfalt

                                          Italian – diligenza

                                          Swedish – flit

                                          Basque – ardura

                                          Portugese – diligência


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