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Synonyms for idleness

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. idleness, idling, loafing(noun)

    having no employment

    Synonyms:
    faineance, groundlessness, idling, loafing

  2. groundlessness, idleness(noun)

    the quality of lacking substance or value

    "the groundlessness of their report was quickly recognized"

    Synonyms:
    faineance, groundlessness, idling, loafing

  3. faineance, idleness(noun)

    the trait of being idle out of a reluctance to work

    Synonyms:
    faineance, groundlessness, idling, loafing

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. idleness

    Synonyms:
    inaction, inactivity, relaxation, rest

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

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. idleness(n)

    Synonyms:
    indolence, sloth, inaction, laziness, futility, vanity

    Associated words:
    cocagne

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases:

    inactivity, laziness, sloth, idle

How to pronounce idleness?

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Words popularity by usage frequency

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#1547rest
#9013idle
#9757relaxation
#28771inactivity
#36114inaction
#38659sloth
#41296laziness
#49259idling
#67297idleness
#77507loafing

How to use idleness in a sentence?

  1. Brenda Ueland:

    I learned...that inspiration does not come like a bolt, nor is it kinetic, energetic striving, but it comes into us slowly and quietly and all the time, though we must regularly and every day give it a little chance to start flowing, prime it with a little solitude and idleness.

  2. 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.

  3. George MacDonald:

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

  4. Benjamin Franklin:

    In my youth I travelled much, and I observed in different countries, that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer. There is no country in the world where so many provisions are established for them; so many hospitals to receive them when they are sick or lame, founded and maintained by voluntary charities; so many alms-houses for the aged of both sexes, together with a solemn general law made by the rich to subject their estates to a heavy tax for the support of the poor. Under all these obligations, are our poor modest, humble, and thankful; and do they use their best endeavours to maintain themselves, and lighten our shoulders of this burthen? — On the contrary, I affirm that there is no country in the world in which the poor are more idle, dissolute, drunken, and insolent. The day you passed that act, you took away from before their eyes the greatest of all inducements to industry, frugality, and sobriety, by giving them a dependance on somewhat else than a careful accumulation during youth and health, for support in age or sickness. In short, you offered a premium for the encouragement of idleness, and you should not now wonder that it has had its effect in the increase of poverty.

  5. Bhartrihari:

    Idleness is a great enemy to mankind. There is no friend like energy, for, if you cultivate that, it will never fail.


Translations for idleness

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  • zahálkaCzech
  • segurdodWelsh
  • Stillstand, Trägheit, Arbeitsunwilligkeit, Untätigkeit, IndolenzGerman
  • ociosidadSpanish
  • بیکار بودنPersian
  • velttous, joutilaisuus, vetelyys, turhuusFinnish
  • oisiveté, futilité, inactivité, inutilité, indolenceFrench
  • ozio, indolenza, oziosità, pigriziaItalian
  • ōtiumLatin
  • ócio, inatividadePortuguese
  • праздность, леность, бесполезность, простой, бесплодность, бездельеRussian
  • dokolicaSerbo-Croatian
  • sysslolöshetSwedish
  • trög, nosdunVolapük

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