from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An indefinite feeling of uneasiness, or of being sick or ill at ease.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Uneasiness; discomfort; specifically, an indefinite feeling of uneasiness, often a preliminary symptom of a serious malady.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. physical discomfort (as mild sickness or depression)


French, from Old French : mal-, mal- + aise, ease; see ease.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the French malaise ("ill ease"), from mal ("bad") + aise ("ease"). Compare ill at ease. (Wiktionary)



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