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cafard

/French kafar/
noun
1.
a feeling of severe depression
Word Origin
C20: from French, literally: cockroach, hypocrite
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  • The rest of my comrades in the room all had at different times the "cafard" more or less seriously….

    In the Foreign Legion Erwin Rosen
  • Max had heard men say jokingly or solemnly of each other, "He has the cafard."

    A Soldier of the Legion C. N. Williamson
  • This was his cafard, his special rage against the possessors of vineyards.

    In the Foreign Legion Erwin Rosen
  • The germ of madness, of tragedy, always lies hidden in the cafard.

    In the Foreign Legion Erwin Rosen
  • They mustn't go to the places where the cafard would take him.

    A Soldier of the Legion C. N. Williamson
  • You've got cafard, and we must make sure you have the best thing done for you.

    Old Crow Alice Brown
  • Officers of the Legion old enough to have won a few medals seemed to respect the cafard and make allowances for his deadly work.

    A Soldier of the Legion C. N. Williamson
  • They mustn't risk disgrace through things which the cafard might make him do.

    A Soldier of the Legion C. N. Williamson
  • We go to bed and lie awake and get the 'cafard' worse and worse.

    Home Fires in France Dorothy Canfield
  • He had "cafard," for he was due to leave the hospital to-morrow and go up before the military authorities, for "prolongation."

    Tatterdemalion John Galsworthy

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