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Definition of "ennui" []

  • Listlessness and dissatisfaction resulting from lack of interest; boredom: "The servants relieved their ennui with gambling and gossip about their masters” ( John Barth). (noun)
  • A feeling of listlessness and general dissatisfaction resulting from lack of activity or excitement (noun)

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Use "ennui" in a sentence
  • "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."