Synonyms and Antonyms of idleness
1 an inclination not to do work or engage in activities the brothers' innate idleness meant that neither did much, either inside or outside their ramshackle cabin Synonyms laziness, indolence, inertia, shiftlessness, slothRelated Words apathy, languor, lassitude, lethargy, listlessness, sluggishness, supineness; dallying, goldbricking, loafing, lolling, loungingNear Antonyms ambition, enterprise, go, hustle, initiative; assiduity, assiduousness, diligence, perseverance; animation, briskness, energy, exuberance, jazziness, liveliness, lustiness, pep, peppiness, robustness, sprightliness, vibrancy, vigor, vim, vitality, vivacityAntonyms drive, industriousness, industry
2 lack of action or activity a day spent in idleness is nice, but a month of doing nothing is boring! Synonyms dormancy, inaction, inactivity, inertness, nonaction, quiescenceRelated Words indolence, inertia, languor, lassitude, laziness, lethargy, listlessness, shiftlessness, sleepiness, sloth, sluggishness; dallying, loafing, lolling, loungingNear Antonyms animateness, briskness, exuberance, jazziness, liveliness, peppiness, robustness, sprightliness, vibrancy, vivacity; assiduity, assiduousness, business, diligence, employment, industriousness, industry, occupationAntonyms action, activeness, activity
3 lack of use the idleness of the sewing machine was apparent by its thick layer of dust Synonyms desuetude, disuse, inactivityRelated Words abandonment, desertion, neglect; abeyance, dormancy, latency, quiescenceAntonyms use
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