Definition of malaise in English:



  • [mass noun] 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’
    • ‘The disease has an insidious onset and presents with fever, malaise and weakness.’
    • ‘So it's vaguely disappointing that I am probably suffering from a disappointingly vague malaise.’
    • ‘It is this same distortion of values which is at the root of the malaise in general practice.’
    • ‘He had malaise, lethargy, and poor appetite but no history of night sweats.’
    • ‘High malaise scores in adulthood were also significantly associated with higher risk.’
    • ‘Prior to the most recent malaise, some stock market cheerleaders had been talking in terms of a rally.’
    • ‘The patient began to experience malaise and pain in the upper abdomen.’
    • ‘Geldof's frustration at the highly volatile media sector's malaise is clear.’
    • ‘He's certainly improved from his involvement at the start of the season when he got caught in the general malaise of the team.’
    • ‘Shouldn't we be examining these techniques as a treatment for our own malaise?’
    • ‘It was an act of fiscal machismo, which many in the party believe is the root of the current mid-term malaise.’
    • ‘His meditative films reflected an unease with the modern world and a feeling of malaise in western society.’
    • ‘The castle's demise is part of a general malaise within SNH that has affected the whole of the island, he said.’
    • ‘The African Book Famine emerged as one depressing aspect of widespread educational malaise.’
    • ‘Can China help lift the world's poorest region out of its deep economic and political malaise?’
    • ‘The unemployment rate provides one indication of the Japanese economic malaise.’
    • ‘Humiliation or manhandling of officials is not the solution to this malaise.’
    • ‘Such errors are symptomatic of a deeper malaise in these programmes.’
    • ‘It is easy to see how these long term weaknesses are aggravating the current malaise.’
    • ‘Very often the initial eruption is accompanied by fever, malaise and what appear to be sore gums.’
    unhappiness, restlessness, uneasiness, unease, melancholy, depression, despondency, dejection, disquiet, trouble, anxiety, anguish, angst
    lassitude, listlessness, languor, weariness, enervation, doldrums
    weakness, feebleness, debility, indisposition, infirmity, illness, sickness, disease, discomfort
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Mid 18th century: from French, from Old French mal bad (from Latin malus) + aise ease.