What does ennui mean?

Definitions for ennuiɑnˈwi

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. boredom, ennui, tedium(noun)

    the feeling of being bored by something tedious

Wiktionary

  1. ennui(Noun)

    A gripping listlessness or melancholia caused by boredom; depression.

  2. Origin: * From ennui, from enui, from enuier (see ennuyer and annoy), from inodiare, from odium

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ennui(noun)

    a feeling of weariness and disgust; dullness and languor of spirits, arising from satiety or want of interest; tedium

  2. Origin: [F., fr. L. in odio in hatred. See Annoy.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Ennui

    äng-nwē′, n. a feeling of weariness or disgust from satiety, &c.: the occasion of ennui.—v.t. to weary: to bore.—adj. Ennuyé (äng-nwē-yā′), bored. [Fr.,—O. Fr. anoi—L. in odio, as in odio habeo, lit. 'I hold in hatred,' i.e. I am tired of. See Annoy.]

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. ennui

    1. The fourth dimension of action. 2. The looking-glass of the Infinite. 3. A state of time wherein seconds become days and hours become years. 4. A shop that contains nothing but a silent salesman, Death.

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ennui in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ennui in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. D. H. Lawrence, Women in Love:

    There are three cures for ennui: sleep, drink and travel.

  2. Luke Rhinehart:

    Life is islands of ecstasy in an ocean of ennui, and after the age of thirty land is seldom seen.

  3. M. F. K. Fisher:

    Family dinners are more often than not an ordeal of nervous indigestion, preceded by hidden resentment and ennui and accompanied by psychosomatic jitters.

  4. Sir B. Brodie:

    The failure of the mind in old age is often less the results of natural decay, than of disuse. Ambition has ceased to operate; contentment bring indolence, and indolence decay of mental power, ennui, and sometimes death. Men have been known to die, literally speaking, of disease induced by intellectual vacancy.

  5. Abraham Myerson:

    Society expects man to be a passive social animal who believes like the People of the Field in "Jurgen" that "to do what you always have done" and "what is expected of you" are the twin rules of life. This, is course, is not true. The wanton crucifixion of impulses, the unnecessary blocking and frustration of the drives and urges, are an evil that reflects itself in sophistication, ennui and boredom, dissatisfaction, melancholy, fatigue, anxiety and neurosis.

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