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It is a happy man who has divined the leisure of eternity, so he feels it, like what you say, 'in his bones.'

While Mr. Compton was reading the letter, I had leisure to look at him, and at his room.

When her embroidery gave her mind a moment's leisure, she was astonished not to see Felicien.

The wished time had come of rest from labour, of leisure for thought.

Theseus asked of the master of the vessel, who was now at leisure to answer him.

But then he might be only marking time to let that guzzling Cheeseman dine at his leisure.

Mrs Verloc was no longer a person of leisure and responsibility.

This book Peter thrust away within his jerkin to study at his leisure.

And it is a very true proverb, 'Marry in haste and repent at leisure.'

In such a scene none had leisure to note the fleeting moments.

WORD ORIGIN

early 14c., leisir, "opportunity to do something" (as in phrase at (one's) leisure), also "time at one's disposal," from Old French leisir (Modern French loisir) "capacity; permission; leisure, spare time; free will; idleness, inactivity," noun use of infinitive leisir "be permitted," from Latin licere "be permitted" (see licence). The -u- appeared 16c., probably on analogy of words like pleasure. Phrase leisured class attested by 1836.

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