Examples from the Web for idleness
Indeed, idleness, for Russell, is a state one reaches by escaping the encompassing world.
The immigrants were not suffered to sit in idleness all that afternoon.South from Hudson Bay|E. C. [Ethel Claire] Brill
With an idleness that visited her only at early day-break, she wondered what it was.A Christmas Accident and Other Stories|Annie Eliot Trumbull
He tells the envious that the fame of Poets is immortal, and that theirs is not a life devoted to idleness.
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.