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ennui

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Pronunciation: /ɒnˈwiː
 
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Definition of ennui in English:

noun

[mass noun]
A feeling of listlessness and dissatisfaction arising from a lack of occupation or excitement: he succumbed to ennui and despair
More example sentences
  • The physical environment itself is a crucial factor in the creation of unhappiness, ennui, anger, alienation and despair.
  • He is portraying an English landscape of barren trees, a place of despair, ennui and fear.
  • But for those who are privileged to get their life extended forever, will boredom and ennui not set in?
Synonyms
boredom, tedium, listlessness, lethargy, lassitude, languor, restlessness, weariness, sluggishness, enervation;
malaise, dissatisfaction, unhappiness, uneasiness, unease, melancholy, depression, despondency, dejection, disquiet;

Origin

mid 18th century: French, from Latin in odio(n-), from mihi in odio est 'it is hateful to me'. Compare with annoy.

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