Antonyms for idleness
|Grammar : Noun|
|Spell : ahy-dl-nis|
|Phonetic Transcription : ˈaɪ dl nɪs|
Definition of idlenessOrigin :
- 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.
- noun laziness, inaction
- But she did not allow herself to fall into the idleness of barren speculation.
- Extract from : « The Secret Agent » by Joseph Conrad
- This idleness seemed, to me, to form the summit of human happiness.
- Extract from : « Ned Myers » by James Fenimore Cooper
- There were long, long days of intrenching, skirmishing and idleness.
- Extract from : « The Rock of Chickamauga » by Joseph A. Altsheler
- Put aside frivolity and idleness, and apply yourself in earnest.
- Extract from : « The Channings » by Mrs. Henry Wood
- All other goodness is but too often an idleness or powerlessness of will.
- Extract from : « Reflections » by Francois Duc De La Rochefoucauld
- He was not a man to do anything—much less be sociable—out of idleness.
- Extract from : « Roden's Corner » by Henry Seton Merriman
- Mr. H. Do so;—but mind now this song-writing do not lead you to idleness.
- Extract from : « Tales And Novels, Volume 8 (of 10) » by Maria Edgeworth
- But Joseph Hume was not a man to enjoy the fruits of his industry in idleness.
- Extract from : « Self-Help » by Samuel Smiles
- Another thinks there is no happiness but in sleep and idleness.
- Extract from : « The Praise of Folly » by Desiderius Erasmus
- We did not want to wait; the idleness of a permanent camp is the most deadly in the world.
- Extract from : « The Forest » by Stewart Edward White
Synonyms for idleness
- goof-off time
- own sweet time
- time on one's hands
- time to burn
- time to kill
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