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sloth

member of the order Edentata of anteaters. A shaggy-haired, multicolored arboreal animal remarkable for its immobility and slowness of movement when it does move. It spends much time hanging by its paws in a belly-up, face-up position. There are several genera including the three-toed sloth (Bradypus tridactylus) and the two-toed sloth (Choloepus didactylus).
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Awake, my soul, and with the sun Thy daily stage of duty run; Shake off dull sloth.
And Agamemnon answered, "Sir, you may sometimes blame him justly, for he is often remiss and unwilling to exert himself--not indeed from sloth, nor yet heedlessness, but because he looks to me and expects me to take the lead.
They are sunk in religious sloth, and require a spiritual revival.
An' others," said Uncle Salters, "eats the fat o' the land in sloth, an' mocks their own blood-kin.
Of animal life there was no movement amid the majestic vaulted aisles which stretched from us as we walked, but a constant movement far above our heads told of that multitudinous world of snake and monkey, bird and sloth, which lived in the sunshine, and looked down in wonder at our tiny, dark, stumbling figures in the obscure depths immeasurably below them.
A thousand swords, now rusting in ignoble sloth, shall leap from their scabbards to do battle for your honor against wrong.
If, added to my own I could be gifted with modern Roman sloth, modern Roman superstition, and modern Roman boundlessness of ignorance, what bewildering worlds of unsuspected wonders I would discover
There was George, throwing away in hideous sloth the inestimable gift of time; his valuable life, every second of which he would have to account for hereafter, passing away from him, unused.
Abashed by this question, I replied that sloth was my chief temptation.
It ended on the coast of Patagonia, whither we had gone to shoot the great Sloth, known to be the largest of animals, though we found his size to have been under-estimated.
Like a huge sloth he drew himself to the roof of the structure.
Yet here are we in the lists of life, and there come the seven black champions against us Sir Pride, Sir Covetousness, Sir Lust, Sir Anger, Sir Gluttony, Sir Envy, and Sir Sloth.