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I'DLENESS, n. Abstinence from labor or employment the state of a person who is unemployed in labor, or unoccupied in business the state of doing nothing. Idleness is the parent of vice.

Through the idleness of the hands the house droppeth through. Ecclesiastes 10

1. Aversion to labor reluctance to be employed, or to exertion either of body or mind laziness sloth sluggishness. This is properly laziness but idleness is often the effect of laziness, and sometimes this word may be used for it.
2. Unimportance trivialness.

Apes of idleness.

3. Inefficacy uselessness. Little used.
4. Barrenness worthlessness. Little used.
5. Emptiness foolishness infatuation as idleness of brain. Little used.

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The unabridged 1828 version of this dictionary in the SwordSearcher Bible Software.

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Entry for 'Idleness'. King James Dictionary.

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