Origin of ennui
Examples from the Web for ennui
Consumed and eventually disgorged, Pierre is restored to his loving parents, his ennui banished.
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|Amy Zimmerman|November 20, 2013|DAILY BEAST
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|Robert Shrum|May 3, 2013|DAILY BEAST
As often happens in hostage situations, a sense of ennui enveloped the participants.Fiscal Cliff Hostage Situation Day 28: Ennui Sets in|Daniel Gross|December 4, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Probably the best movie to tackle the ennui of working life, Office Space also gave us one of the best quitting scenes.
The rich man cares nothing for their heart, and is very susceptible to ennui.
The ennui and emptiness of her life afterwards made her feel regret.The Memoirs of Louis XIV., His Court and The Regency, Complete|Duc de Saint-Simon
Instead of resigning myself to two hours' ennui, inseparable from la suerie(the sweating process) I make him read to me.
“Ennui almost causes them to lose their minds” is a statement based on the reports of missionaries.The Modern Woman's Rights Movement|Kaethe Schirmacher
And young women are dying of ennui because they aren't given enough to do.The Pacific Triangle|Sydney Greenbie
British Dictionary definitions for ennui
Word Origin for ennui
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]