- a feeling of utter weariness and discontent resulting from satiety or lack of interest; boredom: The endless lecture produced an unbearable ennui.
Origin of ennui
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Examples from the Web for ennui
Consumed and eventually disgorged, Pierre is restored to his loving parents, his ennui banished.When Activism Is Worse Than Apathy
October 6, 2014
Gabe tried to kick his postmodern, adolescent sense of ennui (a “lame” feeling) through members of the opposite sex (“dames”).The Best Lyrics From Daniel Day-Lewis’s Son’s Rap Song
November 20, 2013
The disconnect is sharp; the frustration, the sense of ennui palpable from Capitol Hill to California.This Isn’t Obama’s Malaise, It’s GOP Intransigence
May 3, 2013
As often happens in hostage situations, a sense of ennui enveloped the participants.Fiscal Cliff Hostage Situation Day 28: Ennui Sets in
December 4, 2012
Probably the best movie to tackle the ennui of working life, Office Space also gave us one of the best quitting scenes.9 Crazy On-the-Job Movie Meltdowns
The Daily Beast Video
August 10, 2010
Some one said the other day, "Ennui is a disease that comes from living on other people's money."The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
I dreaded the departure of Lady Geraldine less than the return of ennui.
At this period of my life, ennui was very near turning into misanthropy.
The habit of ennui was stronger than all my passions put together.
I pass,” said he, “like a shadow over the earth, accompanied by misery and ennui.Self-Help
- a feeling of listlessness and general dissatisfaction resulting from lack of activity or excitement
Word Origin and History for ennui
1660s as a French word in English; nativized by 1758; from French ennui, from Old French enui "annoyance" (13c.), back-formation from enuier (see annoy). Hence ennuyé "afflicted with ennui;" ennuyée a woman so afflicted.
So far as frequency of use is concerned, the word might be regarded as fully naturalized; but the pronunciation has not been anglicized, there being in fact no Eng. analogy which could serve as a guide. [OED]