One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Depression; melancholia.‘work is the only thing which will keep the cafard at bay’
- ‘He had been in a military hospital at Montpellier, where he was struck by another fit of cafard.’
- ‘Some of the crew have been showing signs of cafard, which is a space sickness generated by long stretches in space without relief or suitable activities of interest.’
- ‘There hasn't been a case of cafard on this ship since I've been ship's doctor.’
- ‘This brought to mind descriptions of ‘Le cafard’ or ‘the bug’ of boredom faced by French Legionnaires.’
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