American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A vague feeling of bodily discomfort, as at the beginning of an illness.
- n. A general sense of depression or unease: "One year after the crash, the markets remain mired in a deep malaise” ( New York Times).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Uneasiness; discomfort; specifically, an indefinite feeling of uneasiness, often a preliminary symptom of a serious malady.
- n. A feeling of general bodily discomfort, fatigue or unpleasantness, often at the onset of illness.
- n. An ambiguous feeling of mental or moral depression.
- n. Ill will or hurtful feelings for others or someone.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Med.) An indefinite feeling of uneasiness, or of being sick or ill at ease.
- n. physical discomfort (as mild sickness or depression)
- From the French malaise ("ill ease"), from mal ("bad") + aise ("ease"). Compare ill at ease. (Wiktionary)
- French, from Old French : mal-, mal- + aise, ease; see ease. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“* Carter did not use the word malaise in his politically disastrous televised speech of July 15, 1979.”
“And another thing too - when a malaise is as commonplace as 'street harassment/eve teasing' is, we become somewhat indifferent to it.”
“A pledge for a better tomorrow, a commitment by African leaders to liberate the continent from what they call a malaise of underdevelopment and exclusion.”
“Ronald Reagan seized on that malaise message - worth noting that the word "malaise" never appeared in Carter's speech - and cast himself as an optimist who believed the best times were still ahead for the country.”
“Jimmy Carter's "malaise" speech - one in which the word malaise does not, curiously enough, appear - was delivered 30 years ago, on July 15, 1979.”
“One wonders if the hiring of some of our young people with the best computational skills by the financial industry that contributed so much to our current malaise is something to celebrate.”
“Institute President Mark Baldassare said voters are not moved by any of the candidates for major office this year, and their malaise is reflected in the high number of undecided voters.”
“What Mortimer Zuckerman fails to say in his excellent critique of the housing malaise is the downside of the Federal Reserve's monetary policy.”
“Further, the usual second-term malaise could end up making the Obama-Clinton administration unpopular as she goes into the 2016 campaign.”
“But Stewart's coarse attempt at diagnosing the nation's malaise is at its core about denigrating the value of public protest.”
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