Sloth is one of the seven deadly sins.

The seven deadly sins, also known as the capital vices or cardinal sins, is a grouping and classification of vices of Christian origin.

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It is the most difficult sin to define, and to credit as sin, since it refers to a peculiar jumble of notions, dating from antiquity and including mental, spiritual, pathological, and physical states.

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One definition that may be given to sloth is habitual disinclination to exertion.


Views concerning the need for one to work to support society and further God's plan and work also suggest that, through inactivity, one invites the desire to sin.

In monotheism, God is conceived of as the Supreme Being and principal object of faith.


"For Satan finds some mischief still for idle hands to do."


In the Philokalia, the word dejection is used instead of sloth, for the person who falls into dejection will lose interest in life.

The Philokalia is "a collection of texts written between the 4th and 15th centuries by spiritual masters" of the Eastern Orthodox hesychast tradition.


Laziness is considered unbecoming in many traditional customs.

Laziness is a disinclination to activity or exertion despite having the ability to act or exert oneself.


The demon Belphegor is often associated with sloth.

In demonology, Belphegor is a demon, and one of the seven princes of h*ll, who helps people make discoveries.


It is also one of the five hindrances in Buddhism.

Buddhism is a religion and dharma that encompasses a variety of traditions, beliefs and spiritual practices largely based on teachings attributed to the Buddha.

In the Buddhist tradition, the five hindrances are identified as mental factors that hinder progress in meditation and in our daily lives.

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