Indeed, idleness, for Russell, is a state one reaches by escaping the encompassing world.
Dick is most generous, and, rather immoral, in his encouragement of idleness on the part of men like them.
But she did not allow herself to fall into the idleness of barren speculation.
The idleness, ignorance, and dirt of these women shocked her.
This idleness seemed, to me, to form the summit of human happiness.
For many weeks the time passed slowly, as Sigurd brooded over his wrongs and pined in idleness.
There were long, long days of intrenching, skirmishing and idleness.
The sudden change from toil to idleness had caused a reaction.
Put aside frivolity and idleness, and apply yourself in earnest.
If I have sometimes reproached you for idleness, it has been because times are hard for everyone.
Old English idel "empty, void; vain; worthless, useless; not employed," common West Germanic (cf. Old Saxon idal, Old Frisian idel "empty, worthless," Old Dutch idil, Old High German ital, German eitel "vain, useless, mere, pure"), of unknown origin. Idle threats preserves original sense; meaning "lazy" is c.1300.
late 15c., "make vain or worthless," from idle (adj.). Meaning "spend or waste (time)" is from 1650s. Meaning "cause to be idle" is from 1789. Sense of "running slowly and steadily without transmitting power" (as a motor) first recorded 1916. Related: Idled; idling.