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ennui

English

Etymology

Pronunciation

Noun

Singular
ennui

Plural
-

ennui (-)
  1. listlessness, boredom.
  2. melancholia, depression.

Quotations

  • 1956Arthur C. Clarke, The City and the Stars, p 44
    Sympathy, for one whose loneliness must be even greater than his own; an ennui produced by ages of repetition; and an impish sense of fun—these were the discordant factors that prompted Khedron to act.
  • 1990Terry Pratchett, Eric, p 165
    Now and again screams of ennui rose from between the potted plants, but mainly there was the terrible numbing silence of the human brain being reduced to cream cheese from the inside out.
  • 1997Terrance Dicks, The Eight Doctors, p 256
    It was also known as ennui, the megrims, the blues, or the black dog. But whatever the name, the symptoms were always the same: listlessness, boredom, a sense that life was ultimately meaningless and futile, without point or purpose.
  • 2005 - Neil Strauss, The Game, p 59
    Women are sick of generic guys asking the same generic questions: "So where are you from?... What do you do for work?" With our patterns, gimmicks, and routines, we were barroom heroes, saving the female of the species from certain ennui.

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French

Pronunciation

Noun

ennui m.

  1. boredom (state of being bored)
  2. pain, sorrow


This French entry was created from the translations listed at boredom. It may be less reliable than other entries, and may be missing parts of speech or additional senses. Please also see ennui in the French Wiktionary. This notice will be removed when the entry is checked. (more information) April 2008

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