Indeed, idleness, for Russell, is a state one reaches by escaping the encompassing world.
Dick is most generous, and, rather immoral, in his encouragement of idleness on the part of men like them.
They are trifles written by idleness, and published by vanity.
The idleness, ignorance, and dirt of these women shocked her.
When we're on idleness or pleasure bent, They sting our conscience and our fun prevent.
For many weeks the time passed slowly, as Sigurd brooded over his wrongs and pined in idleness.
We are now feeling the ill effects of the idleness of our ancestors.
The sudden change from toil to idleness had caused a reaction.
Journalism has led me into pleasant places but never by the path of idleness.
If I have sometimes reproached you for idleness, it has been because times are hard for everyone.
Old English idel "empty, void; vain; worthless, useless; not employed," common West Germanic (cf. Old Saxon idal, Old Frisian idel "empty, worthless," Old Dutch idil, Old High German ital, German eitel "vain, useless, mere, pure"), of unknown origin. Idle threats preserves original sense; meaning "lazy" is c.1300.
late 15c., "make vain or worthless," from idle (adj.). Meaning "spend or waste (time)" is from 1650s. Meaning "cause to be idle" is from 1789. Sense of "running slowly and steadily without transmitting power" (as a motor) first recorded 1916. Related: Idled; idling.