malaise

[ma-leyz, -muh-; French ma-lez]

noun

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

1760–70; < French, Old French; see mal-, ease
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British Dictionary definitions for malaise

malaise

noun

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

C18: from Old French, from mal bad + aise ease
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Word Origin and History for malaise
n.

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.

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Medicine definitions for malaise

malaise

[mă-lāz, -lĕz]

n.

A vague feeling of bodily discomfort, as at the beginning of an illness.
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