A Word A Day : Ennui
Tuesday, 15th January 2008 : Today's Word is ...
( Noun )
Pronunciation : on-wee
1. weariness and dissatisfaction with life that results from a loss of interest or sense of excitement
2. a feeling of utter weariness and discontent resulting from satiety or lack of interest
3. a general feeling of boredom and dissatisfaction
4. listlessness and dissatisfaction resulting from lack of interest
French, from Old French enui, from ennuyer, to annoy, bore
:Were they alive today, users of Classical Latin might be surprised to find that centuries later a phrase of theirs still survives, although as a single word. The phrase mihi in odiō est (literally translated as to me in a condition of dislike or hatred is
) meaning I hate or dislike
gave rise to the Vulgar Latin verb inodiāre, to make odious
the source of the Old French verb ennuyer or anoier, to annoy, bore
. This was borrowed into English by around 1275 as anoien, our annoy. From the Old French verb a noun meaning worry, boredom
was derived, which became ennui in modern French. This noun, with the sense boredom
was borrowed into English in the 18th century, perhaps filling a need in polite, cultivated society.
apathy, blahs, blues, dejection, depression, dissatisfaction, doldrums, dumps, fatigue, ho hums, languidness, languor, lassitude, listlessness, melancholy, sadness, satiety, spiritlessness, surfeit, tedium, weariness, yawn, boredom, world-weariness,
energy, enthusiasm, excitement, liveliness
• The servants relieved their ennui
with gambling and gossip about their masters.
• The endless lecture produced an unbearable ennui
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