idleness idleness  /ˈaɪ dəl nəs/

Definition(s):

  1. (n) having no employment
  2. (n) the quality of lacking substance or value
  3. (n) the trait of being idle out of a reluctance to work

Usage(s):

  1. The Ferrari scene was critical to the story, a coming-of-age drama about two young women caught up in Moscow's high life, but the crew's idleness was now stretching into hours.
  2. It is no coincidence that places of worship are places of silence: if idleness is the devil's playground, silence may be the angels'.
  3. To those who say this will produce idleness, the reply is it's just the other way.

News

  1. Niles activist, unifier dies at 59

    Harry Achino possessed a trait that made him an equally good fisherman, well-liked coach, and admirable father. Active patience. Idleness wasn’t for Achino, a family man with a passion for sports and local politics. He campaigned for the Niles New Party, served as a trustee on the Optimist Club, and coached a countless number of kids in tee ball, basketball, and soccer over the last two decades ...
    on June 11, 2013     Source: Niles Herald-Spectator

  2. Allegations of sex, drugs roil Md. jail

    BALTIMORE — Inmates often complain of idleness, but Tavon White apparently had no trouble keeping busy behind bars.
    on June 6, 2013     Source: Eastern Shore News

  3. Allegations of sex, drugs roil Baltimore jail

    Inmates often complain of idleness, but Tavon White apparently had no trouble keeping busy behind bars.
    on June 6, 2013     Source: Cumberland Times-News

Quotes

  1. Ophir Pines-Paz, a Labor legislator, said: "The disgrace is the helplessness and idleness displayed by Olmert on the issue of outpost evacuation. Olmert has turned the promises made by Israel into a joke."
    on Jan 14, 2008 By: Ophir Pines-Paz Source: New York Times

  2. "April the seventh is here, and it is a real occasion for thankfulness," Busch said in his Midwestern growl. "Happy, grateful men are back at work after what seemed an endless idleness."
    on Apr 4, 2008 By: August Busch Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

  3. As Hobhouse said: "We want a new spirit in economics - the spirit of mutual help, the sense of a common good. We want each man to feel that his daily work is a service to his kind, and that idleness and antisocial work are a disgrace."
    on Sep 2, 2009 By: Leonard Trelawny Hobhouse Source: New Statesman

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