Antonyms for idleness

Grammar : Noun
Spell : ahy-dl-nis
Phonetic Transcription : ˈaɪ dl nɪs

Definition of idleness

Origin :
  • 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
Example sentences :
  • 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

Based on : - - - Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019