Faineance
Faineance Fai"ne*ance, Faineancy Fai"ne*an*cy, n. [Cf. OF. faineance. See {Fain['e]ant}.] Do-nothingness; inactivity; indolence.

The mask of sneering faineance was gone. --C. Kingsley. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]


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