Definition of mal du siècle in English:

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mal du siècle

Pronunciation: /ˌmal d(j)uː ˈsjɛkl/
Pronunciation: /mal dy sjɛkl/

noun

[mass noun]
World-weariness.
Example sentences
  • I find Weldon's coverage of her Girls' High School days rather sad, pathetic and tinged with a sort of private mal du siècle.
  • Zeno is a hypochondriacal, neurotic, delightful, solipsistic, self-examining and self-serving bourgeois, a true blossom of the mal du siècle.
  • For the Romantics, mal du siècle was the equivalent of ‘The Elizabethan Malady.’

Origin

French, literally 'sickness of the century'.

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