ennui

[ ahn-wee, ahn-wee; French ahn-nwee ]SEE DEFINITION OF ennui

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR ENNUI

Some one said the other day, "Ennui is a disease that comes from living on other people's money."

The habit of ennui was stronger than all my passions put together.

At this period of my life, ennui was very near turning into misanthropy.

I dreaded the departure of Lady Geraldine less than the return of ennui.

I pass,” said he, “like a shadow over the earth, accompanied by misery and ennui.

“Positively one could die of ennui in this wilderness,” she continued.

In her enthusiasm over her suggestion her ennui was forgotten.

In this manner we endeavoured to dissipate in part our ennui during the day.

He would have kept his guests for ever, clinging to them by all the strength of his ennui.

It is a resource against ennui, if ennui should come upon you.

WORD ORIGIN

1660s as a French word in English; nativized by 1758; from French ennui, from Old French enui "annoyance" (13c.), back-formation from enuier (see annoy). Hence ennuyé "afflicted with ennui;" ennuyée a woman so afflicted.

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