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ídel-ness

  • noun [ feminine ]
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ídel-ness, e ; f.
Idleness, vanity, frivolity, uselessness, futility, emptiness, falseness
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  • Seó ýdelnes is ðære sáwle feónd

    idleness is an enemy of the soul,

      L. E. I. 3 ; Th. ii. 404, 11.
  • Ǽlces libbendes mannes mægen and anwald is ídelnes

    universa vanitas omnis homo vivens,

      Ps. Th. 38, 6.
  • Ðonne hí mid fulle gesceáde ongietaþ ðæt ðæt wæs leás and ídelnes ðæt hí ǽr heóldon

    cum certo judicio deprehenderint falsa se vacue tenuisse,

      Past. 58, 1; Swt. 441, 19.
  • Sebastianus cwæþ ðis is swutol gedwyld and leás ýdelnyss,

      Homl. Skt. 5, 274.
  • Sanctus Paulus cwæþ ðæt sió gítsung wǽre hearga and ídelnesse geféra

    avaritia quæ est idolorum servitus,

      Past. 21, 3; Swt. 157, 6.
  • On ídelnesse gé fæstniaþ eówer mód on him

    incassum cor figitis,

      51, 2 ; Swt. 395, 29.
  • Ne mínne noman ne cíg ðú on ídelnesse,

      L. Alf. 2 ; Th, i. 44. 7.
  • Hierusalem winþ for rihtwísnysse and Babilonia winþ ongeán for unnhtwísnysse seó óðer for sóðfæstnysse óðer for ýdelnysse

    Jerusalem fights for righteousness, and Babylon fights in opposition for unrighteousness : the one for truth, the other for falsehood,

      Homl. Th. ii. 66, 31.
  • Ða gímeleásan men ðe heora líf ádrugon on ealre ídelnisse

    the careless men who passed their lives quite idly,

      Ælfc. T. Grn. 1, 13.
  • Nys eác mid ídelnysse tó forelǽtenne ðæt wundor ðe ðes hálga wer foresǽde nor is the wonder which this holy man foretold to be lightly dismissed, Guthl. 19; Gdwin. 77, 10 [cf. 70, 2]. Ne ðú manna bearn tó ídelnesse geworhtest

    non vane constituisti filios hominum,

      Ps. Th. 88. 40 : Bd. 4, 3 ; S. 567, 27.
  • Forhwan gé mid ídelnesse ealle áríseþ ǽrðon leóht cume

    in vanum est vobis ante lucem surgere,

      Ps. Th. 126, 3.
  • Hwí lufige gé ídelnessa and sécaþ leásuncga

    quid diligitis vanitatem, et quæritis mendacium?

      4, 3.
  • Hé forlét ða ídelnesse deófolgylda

    relictis idolorum superstitionibus,

      Bd. 2, 15; S. 518, 26.
  • Ðis synt ða ídelnyssa ðisse worlde

    hæ sunt vanitates hujus mundi,

      L. Ecg. P. 1, 8 ; Th. ii. 174, 32.
  • On ídelnyssum heora

    with their vanities,

      Cant. Moys. ad fil. 21.
Etymology
[O. Frs. tó ýdelnisse in vain : O. H. Ger. ídalnissa desolatio.]
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v.  ídel-gild.
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