Definition of mal du siècle in English:

mal du siècle

noun

mass noun
  • World-weariness.

    • ‘Zeno is a hypochondriacal, neurotic, delightful, solipsistic, self-examining and self-serving bourgeois, a true blossom of the mal du siècle.’
    • ‘Never before nor after, so far as I know, has the famous mal du siècle been so succinctly expressed in a single sentence.’
    • ‘For the Romantics, mal du siècle was the equivalent of ‘The Elizabethan Malady.’’
    • ‘I find Weldon's coverage of her Girls' High School days rather sad, pathetic and tinged with a sort of private mal du siècle.’
    • ‘He is also a principal figure in French romanticism although his romanticism is less the melancholy, maudlin mal du siècle of many his contemporaries.’

Origin

French, literally ‘sickness of the century’.

Pronunciation

mal du siècle

/ˌmal d(j)uː ˈsjɛkl//mal dy sjɛkl/