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[ahy-dl-nis] /ˈaɪ dl nɪs/
the quality, state, or condition of being lazy, inactive, or idle:
His lack of interest in the larger world and his consummate idleness were the causes of their dreadful divorce.
Origin of idleness
before 1000; idle + -ness Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • 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.

    Great Englishwomen M. B. Synge
  • When we're on idleness or pleasure bent, They sting our conscience and our fun prevent.

    A Phenomenal Fauna Carolyn Wells
  • For many weeks the time passed slowly, as Sigurd brooded over his wrongs and pined in idleness.

    Boycotted Talbot Baines Reed
  • We are now feeling the ill effects of the idleness of our ancestors.

    Fairy Fingers Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie
  • The sudden change from toil to idleness had caused a reaction.

    A Bed of Roses W. L. George
  • Journalism has led me into pleasant places but never by the path of idleness.

    Nights Elizabeth Robins Pennell
  • If I have sometimes reproached you for idleness, it has been because times are hard for everyone.

    Autumn Glory Ren Bazin
Word Origin and History for idleness

Old English idelnes "frivolity, vanity, emptiness; vain existence;" see idle + -ness. Old English expressed the idea we attach to in vain by in idelnisse. Spenser, Scott, and others use idlesse to mean the same thing in a positive, pleasant sense.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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