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Thursday, July 21, 2005

Definitions for ennui

  1. a feeling of utter weariness and discontent resulting from satiety or lack of interest; boredom: The endless lecture produced an unbearable ennui.

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Citations for ennui
A life of constant inaction, bodily and mental,—the friction of ceaseless ennui and discontent, united to the ordinary weakness which attended the period of maternity,—in course of a few years changed the blooming young belle into a yellow, faded, sickly woman… Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tom's Cabin, 1852
N is for Neville who died of ennui. Edward Gorey, The Gashlycrumb Tinies, 1962
Origin of ennui
1660-1670
Ennui entered English in the late 1600s and ultimately comes from the Old French enui meaning "displeasure." It is etymologically related to the word annoy.