What does the word diligence mean?

Usage examples for diligence

  1. I, who have seen them many times, am lost in astonishment that they should have been executed with such good design and with so much diligence at that time, when all the arts of design were little better than lost, since the works of these monks were executed about the year of grace 1350, or a little before or after, as may be seen in each of the said books. – The Lives of the Painters, Sculptors & Architects, Volume 1 (of 8) by Giorgio Vasari
  2. It is the result of every- day experience that steady attention to matters of detail lies at the root of human progress; and that diligence, above all, is the mother of good luck. – Self Help by Samuel Smiles
  3. We breakfasted with her when we alighted from the diligence at six in the morning; and she took such a fancy to Barty that her own grandson was almost forgotten. – The Martian by George Du Maurier