idleness

  • 1Idleness — I dle*ness, n. [AS. [=i]delnes.] The condition or quality of being idle (in the various senses of that word); uselessness; fruitlessness; triviality; inactivity; laziness. Syn: Inaction; indolence; sluggishness; sloth. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2idleness — index desuetude, inaction, languor, lull, neglect, nonperformance, sloth Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton …

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  • 3idleness — (n.) O.E. idelnes frivolity, vanity, emptiness; vain existence; see IDLE (Cf. idle) + NESS (Cf. 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… …

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  • 4idleness — [n] laziness, inaction dawdling, dillydallying*, dormancy, droning, goof off time*, hibernation, inactivity, indolence, inertia, joblessness, laze, lazing, leisure, lethargy, loafing, loitering, otiosity, own sweet time*, pottering, shiftlessness …

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  • 5idleness — tinginiavimas statusas T sritis švietimas apibrėžtis Sąmoningas, tyčinis darbo ar pareigos atlikimo vengimas. Vaikai nemoka tyčia vengti darbo, bet kai kurie veikia labai nerangiai, atidėlioja darbą arba neatlieka paskirtų užduočių. Kartais… …

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  • 6idleness — see idleness is the root of all evil …

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  • 7idleness — idle ► ADJECTIVE (idler, idlest) 1) avoiding work; lazy. 2) not working or in use. 3) having no purpose or basis: idle threats. ► VERB 1) spend time doing nothing. 2) (of an engine) run slowly w …

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  • 8idleness — noun see idle I …

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  • 9idleness — See idle. * * * …

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  • 10idleness — noun a) The state of being idle; inactivity. b) The state of being indolent; indolence …

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  • 11idleness — Synonyms and related words: a wise passiveness, big deal, cautiousness, circumspection, contemplation, contemplative life, creeping, dawdling, deliberateness, deliberation, do nothing policy, do nothingism, do nothingness, dolce far niente,… …

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  • 12idleness — I (Roget s IV) n. 1. [State of being inactive] Syn. loafing, loitering, lounging, idling, time killing, dawdling, inertia, inactivity, indolence, sluggishness, unemployment, joblessness, torpor, otiosity, dormancy, lethargy, stupor, puttering,… …

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  • 13idleness — sb. RG. 195 …

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  • 14idleness — i·dle·ness || aɪdlnɪs n. laziness; uselessness, worthlessness, triviality; inactivity …

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  • 15idleness — n 1. inoccupation, unemployment, idle hands, idle hours, time on one s hands; leisure, ease, Chiefly Literary. idlesse, spare time, free time, Inf. time to burn, Inf. dodge time, command time; vacation, recess, Inf. letup. 2. inertness, inertia,… …

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  • 16idleness — idle·ness …

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  • 17idleness — See: idle …

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  • 18idleness — noun 1. having no employment (Freq. 2) • Syn: ↑idling, ↑loafing • Derivationally related forms: ↑idle (for: ↑idling), ↑idle …

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  • 19idleness is the root of all evil — The idea is attributed to St. Bernard of Clairvaux. Cf. early 14th cent. Fr. oiseuseté atrait viches, idleness attracts vices; c 1390 CHAUCER Second Nun’s Prologue 1.1 The ministre and the norice [nurse] unto vices, which that men clepe [call] in …

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  • 20Hours of Idleness — Page de titre de la première édition Auteur George Gordon Byron Genre Poésie …

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