ídel-ness
Morphological Analysis
Wordclass: Noun
Gender: Feminine
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ídel-ness
e ; f. Idleness, vanity, frivolity, uselessness, futility, emptiness, falseness 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. [O. Frs. tó ýdelnisse in vain : O. H. Ger. ídalnissa desolatio.]
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