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Monday, June 10, 2002

Definitions for ennui

  1. A feeling of weariness and dissatisfaction arising from lack of interest; boredom.

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Citations for ennui
He glanced at his heavily laden bookshelves. Nothing there appealed to him. The ennui seemed to have settled into his very bones. Amanda Quick, With This Ring
He was often off sick or playing hooky and suffered from a kind of ennui, a mixture of listlessness and willful melancholy. Elisabeth Roudinesco, Jacques Lacan (translated by Barbara Bray)
Origin of ennui
1660-1670
Ennui is from the French, from Old French enui, "annoyance," from enuier, "to annoy, to bore," from the Latin phrase in odium, "in hatred or dislike."