from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Listlessness and dissatisfaction resulting from lack of interest; boredom: "The servants relieved their ennui with gambling and gossip about their masters” ( John Barth).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A gripping listlessness or melancholia caused by boredom; depression (Wikipedia).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A feeling of weariness and disgust; dullness and languor of spirits, arising from satiety or want of interest; tedium.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A painful or wearisome state of mind due to the want of any object of interest, or to enforced attention to something destitute of interest; the condition of being bored; tedium.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the feeling of being bored by something tedious
Prior to this we'd had limited access to the French word "ennui" - a more grandiose, long-term boredom - but once we had our own word for listless dissatisfaction, we embraced it.
So, I suppose, this ennui is the ying to that yang.
"I suppose this is what they call ennui," said Eric again, after a pause.
The ennui is without doubt the worst thing a POW has to contend with.
It means the post-novel ennui is wearing off, and maybe when coffeeem sends back "Lucky Day," I'll have something useful to say about it.
My current bout of emo and ennui is being laid at the feet of insufficient dairyfat, and as a result, I am treating it by P.O. administration of macaroni and cheese, which seems to be helping.
The post-novella ennui is not as bad as the post-novel ennui, but it's still pretty darned draining.
On the theory that post-novel ennui is inevitable, and I really only have one more short story to finish in the near future, I did a bad thing.
Kind of funny, isn't it, that the Kudeshka word for "schoolchildren" sounds a bit like the English word "ennui"?
I will not say that the Kingdom of Heaven was within us, for we were just as troublesome and unregenerate as any boys that ever lived on earth before or since, but the word ennui was not in the lexicon of my youth.
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