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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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  • Max had heard men say jokingly or solemnly of each other, "He has the cafard."

    A Soldier of the Legion C. N. Williamson
  • They mustn't go to the places where the cafard would take him.

    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
  • The légionnaires are themselves not aware what influence the "cafard" has on them.

    In the Foreign Legion Erwin Rosen
  • The cafard is strong on me, and the futility of my drifting existence.

    The Wasted Generation Owen Johnson
  • You've got cafard, and we must make sure you have the best thing done for you.

    Old Crow Alice Brown
  • We go to bed and lie awake and get the 'cafard' worse and worse.

    Home Fires in France Dorothy Canfield
  • I think it is as a refuge from the cafard,—a feeling of after all being a stranger in a strange land.

    The Wasted Generation Owen Johnson
  • 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

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