A general feeling of discomfort, illness, or unease whose exact cause is difficult to identify: a general air of malaise [in singular]: a society afflicted by a deep cultural malaise
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- It is this same distortion of values which is at the root of the malaise in general practice.
- The disease has an insidious onset and presents with fever, malaise and weakness.
- He's certainly improved from his involvement at the start of the season when he got caught in the general malaise of the team.
unhappiness, restlessness, uneasiness, unease, melancholy, depression, despondency, dejection, disquiet, trouble, anxiety, anguish, angst; ailment(s), ills; lassitude, listlessness, languor, weariness, enervation, doldrums; weakness, feebleness, debility, indisposition, infirmity, illness, sickness, disease, discomfort; GermanWeltschmerz; Frenchennui
mid 18th century: from French, from Old French mal 'bad' (from Latin malus) + aise 'ease'.