Definition of tristesse in English:


Line breaks: trist|esse
Pronunciation: /trɪˈstɛs


[mass noun] literary
  • A state of melancholy sadness: lamenting a lost love, he leaves us poised at the lip of a chasm of tristesse post-coital tristesse
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    • They knew that satiation wasn't succeeded by tristesse, it was itself, immediately, tristesse.
    • But here more than anywhere I remember lost times, lost chances, lost friends, with the sweet tristesse that is onomatopoeic to the place.
    • And they specialize in a sort of ceremonial tristesse that colors their writing with wan accents of pain, grief, mourning and death.



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