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Definition of "malaise" []

  • A vague feeling of bodily discomfort, as at the beginning of an illness. (noun)
  • A general sense of depression or unease: "One year after the crash, the markets remain mired in a deep malaise” ( New York Times). (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "malaise" in a sentence
  • "* 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."