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Word of the Day - for Toastmasters everywhere
Tuesday 24th July 2018
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sedulous (adjective) SED-yu-lus

Painstaking, diligent, assiduous, zealous.

To make things worse, I can’t really provide any interesting stories from my own life at the moment as I am going to start a very calm life of a hardworking and sedulous student.

Barbora Petrova, a Chevening-Hansard Society Research Scholar, British Embassy, Prague, website, 27 January 2008. British Embassy, Prague.

Not just through early day motions, which gain overnight publicity and little else, but through sedulous pressure on ministers to make “fairness not favours” a strategy rather than merely a slogan.

Paul Routledge, New Statesman Trade Union Guide 2006, 12 September 2005. New Statesman

Now, whenever I am dragooned into the 30,000th interminable conversation about the college selection process I indicate that sedulous monitoring of on-campus restaurant prices should be a vital component of the winnowing procedure, particularly vis-à-vis panini.

Joe Queenan, The New York Times, 11 November 2001. New York Times

"The attempt to discredit Brown's cartoon as a sort of continuation of the Holocaust by other means is the latest manifestation of a sedulous, insidious campaign by Likud, over many years, to discredit critics of its consistently nasty policies by equating such criticism as anti-Semitic," Mr Kaufman wrote.

Gerald Kaufman, quoted in an article by Ciar Byrne, Guardian Unlimited, 5 March 2003. Guardian Unlimited

For a couple so sedulous at self-promotion to object to an outsider chipping away the PR gloss is ludicrous.

Mary Riddell, The Observer, 19 November 2000. Observer

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