Antonyms for idleness:
Synonyms for idleness:
Sense 2 (noun)
Sense 3 (noun)
shiftlessness, Do-nothingism, sloth, sluggardness.
faineance, loafing, idling.
inaction, stagnation, passiveness, standstill.
inactivity, apathy, lethargy, stagnancy, catatonia, insensibility, hibernation, coma, motionlessness, lifelessness, passivity, reposefulness, dormancy, stillness, immobility, inertness, languor, paralysis, Inanimation, listlessness, sluggishness.
laziness, inaction (noun)
Usage examples for idleness:
- Had I taken three months of idleness between each they would have been no better. - "Autobiography of Anthony Trollope", Anthony Trollope.
- Can it be, I asked myself, that this extravagant idleness is forced upon the prisoners as part, and not the least evil part of their punishment? - "The Subterranean Brotherhood", Julian Hawthorne.
- And Anger came chasing after Idleness with a sharp needle with which she pricked her so that she cried aloud, and Idleness grieved and lamented with many tears, and kept falling down on to her knees so tired she was. - "The Legend of the Glorious Adventures of Tyl Ulenspiegel in the land of Flanders and elsewhere", Charles de Coster.