dolce far niente

dolce far niente

[dawl-che fahr nyen-te]
Italian. pleasing inactivity.

Origin:
literally, (it is) sweet to do nothing

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dolce far niente (ˈdoltʃe far ˈnjɛnte)
 
n
pleasant idleness
 
[literally: sweet doing nothing]

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dolce far niente
1814, from It., lit. "sweet doing nothing." The L. roots are dulcis "sweet" (see dulcet), facere "to make, do," and nec entem, lit. "not a being."
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