- a condition of general bodily weakness or discomfort, often marking the onset of a disease.
- a vague or unfocused feeling of mental uneasiness, lethargy, or discomfort.
Origin of malaise
Related Words for malaisedoldrums, anxiety, pain, angst, weakness, disquiet, unease, discomfort, illness, uneasiness, despair, debility, distress, decrepitude, melancholy, feebleness, enervation, lassitude, infirmity, sickliness
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Contemporary Examples of malaise
It is a nostalgic, old-fashioned novel that nevertheless reflects the malaise of its era and prefigures our own technophiliac age.Zen, Motorcycles, And The Cult of Tech: How Robert Pirsig’s Classic Anticipated the Future
August 31, 2014
Moral equivalence and malaise, rather than red-hot ideology, motivates Haydon.Iran’s Top Spy Is the Modern-Day Karla, John Le Carré’s Villainous Mastermind
July 2, 2014
To combat the malaise, fast food joints are pursuing a high-low strategy, or, as I prefer to dub it, the “Moms and Bros” strategy.Burger King Introduces Big King to Taunt McDonald’s and Stagnating Overall Sales
November 6, 2013
Let us refuse to let this day of dying fade into memory and the malaise of resignation to things as they are.After Newtown, This Has to Be the Time for Gun Control
December 14, 2012
Romney's malaise, likely, is the result if an uninspiring vision and a shaky economic message.Why Romney Can’t Seal the Deal
February 15, 2012
Historical Examples of malaise
An incident showed me that his malaise was curable by one method only.William Sharp (Fiona Macleod)
Elizabeth A. Sharp
They swear by their malaise and by their malaise they shall die.After the Rain
For me I am within a month of the period immune, and only feel a malaise in her company.The Shoes of Fortune
These signs are accompanied by fever, malaise, and depression of spirits.
Fever is slight or absent; there are malaise and loss of strength.
- a feeling of unease or depression
- a mild sickness, not symptomatic of any disease or ailment
- a complex of problems affecting a country, economy, etcBulgaria's economic malaise
Word Origin for malaise
c.1300, maleise "pain, suffering; sorrow, anxiety," also, by late 14c., "disease, sickness," from Old French malaise "difficulty, suffering, hardship," literally "ill-ease," from mal "bad" (see mal-) + aise "ease" (see ease (n.)). The current use is perhaps a mid-18c. reborrowing from Modern French. A Middle English verbal form, malasen "to trouble, distress" (mid-15c.), from Old French malaisier, did not endure.
- A vague feeling of bodily discomfort, as at the beginning of an illness.