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[mass noun] A feeling of listlessness and dissatisfaction arising from a lack of occupation or excitement:‘he succumbed to ennui and despair’
boredom, tedium, listlessness, lethargy, lassitude, languor, restlessness, weariness, sluggishness, enervationmalaise, dissatisfaction, unhappiness, uneasiness, unease, melancholy, depression, despondency, dejection, disquietweltschmerzView synonyms
- ‘I think I had a lingering sense of ennui that wasn't helping me stay energized and positive about my job.’
- ‘The books always had a point, even in their pain and desolation and ennui, he found comfort in their purpose.’
- ‘Personally, I found it quite dull, but then I suffer from financial ennui.’
- ‘How can we overcome the general ennui associated with the thought of another incredibly boring day ahead of you?’
- ‘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?’
- ‘The physical environment itself is a crucial factor in the creation of unhappiness, ennui, anger, alienation and despair.’
- ‘But she went on to give a searing description of the ennui the work brings - broken only when the tea trolley arrives.’
- ‘The thought of this weekend's coverage, and the doom-laden analysis which is sure to follow, fills me with ennui.’
- ‘The pain of living in this house with such ennui, such boredom for nine years.’
- ‘Partly it's just a recovery attitude after a very busy month, but it's more than that; ennui perhaps.’
- ‘So, shouldn't a fellow, consigned to years of ennui, be allowed the reading material he chooses?’
- ‘Schultz is a man facing old age and his looming mortality with a dim sadness that seems to complement his general ennui.’
- ‘One man's ennui is another man's earner, which is why we have accountants, cleaners and cooks.’
- ‘The animals at the zoo seem to be caught in that some place in-between world weariness and ennui.’
- ‘I've met a few in my time and the defining characteristic they exhibit is a rather unattractive effortlessness and ennui.’
- ‘It's the kind of ennui that ultimately affected his friend Vieira, who has been reinvigorated by his move to Italy.’
- ‘Temporary ennui or a more long-term change of direction?’
- ‘When our children suffer from ennui, we worry that they lack stimulation.’
- ‘I managed to fight off ennui and squeeze out an analysis of sorts after all.’
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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