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  1. a feeling of severe depression
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Word Origin

C20: from French, literally: cockroach, hypocrite
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Historical Examples

  • 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.

  • The germ of madness, of tragedy, always lies hidden in the cafard.

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