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