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Synonyms for idleness

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English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. idleness

    inaction, inactivity, relaxation, rest

    act, action, activity, application, drill, employment, exercise, exertion, occupation, operation, performance, practise, use

Princeton's WordNet

  1. idleness, idling, loafingnoun

    having no employment

    faineance, groundlessness, idling, loafing

  2. groundlessness, idlenessnoun

    the quality of lacking substance or value

    "the groundlessness of their report was quickly recognized"

    faineance, groundlessness, idling, loafing

  3. faineance, idlenessnoun

    the trait of being idle out of a reluctance to work

    faineance, groundlessness, idling, loafing

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  1. idlenessnoun

    indolence, sloth, inaction, laziness, futility, vanity

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  1. List of paraphrases for "idleness":

    inactivity, laziness, sloth, idle

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How to use idleness in a sentence?

  1. Lord Chesterfield:

    Know the true value of time; snatch, seize, and enjoy every moment of it. No idleness; no laziness; no procrastination; never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.

  2. George MacDonald:

    Work is not always required. There is such a thing as sacred idleness.

  3. Jerome K. Jerome:

    Idleness, like kisses, to be sweet must be stolen.

  4. Johnson:

    One of the amusements of idleness is reading without the fatigue of attention, and the world, therefore, swarms with writers whose wish is not to be studied but to be read.

  5. Kierkegaard:

    Far from idleness being the root of all evil, it is rather the only true good.

Translations for idleness

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  • zahálkaCzech
  • segurdodWelsh
  • Stillstand, Indolenz, Untätigkeit, Arbeitsunwilligkeit, TrägheitGerman
  • ociosidadSpanish
  • بیکار بودنPersian
  • turhuus, velttous, joutilaisuus, vetelyysFinnish
  • futilité, oisiveté, indolence, inactivité, inutilitéFrench
  • आलस्यHindi
  • indolenza, ozio, pigrizia, oziositàItalian
  • ōtiumLatin
  • inatividade, ócioPortuguese
  • простой, бесплодность, бесполезность, безделье, праздность, леностьRussian
  • dokolicaSerbo-Croatian
  • sysslolöshetSwedish
  • trög, nosdunVolapük

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