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Thursday, December 21, 2006

Definitions for malaise

  1. A vague feeling of discomfort in the body, as at the onset of illness.
  2. A general feeling of depression or unease.

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Citations for malaise
The first sign of illness is a malaise no worse than influenza. Steve Jones, Darwin's Ghost
Beauty is a basic pleasure. Try to imagine that you have become immune to beauty. Chances are, you would consider yourself unwell -- sunk in a physical, spiritual, or emotional malaise. Nancy Etcoff, Survival of the Prettiest
Origin of malaise
1760-1770
Malaise comes from the French, from Old French mal, "bad, ill" + aise, "comfort, ease."