Definitions for malaisemæˈleɪz, -ˈlɛz, mə-

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. malaise, unease, uneasiness(noun)

    physical discomfort (as mild sickness or depression)


  1. malaise(Noun)

    A feeling of general bodily discomfort, fatigue or unpleasantness, often at the onset of illness.

  2. malaise(Noun)

    An ambiguous feeling of mental or moral depression.

  3. malaise(Noun)

    Ill will or hurtful feelings for others or someone.

  4. Origin: From the malaise#French, from mal + aise. Compare ill at ease.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Malaise(noun)

    an indefinite feeling of uneasiness, or of being sick or ill at ease

  2. Origin: [F., fr. mal ill + aise ease.]


  1. Malaise

    Malaise is a feeling of general discomfort or uneasiness, of being "out of sorts", often the first indication of an infection or other disease. Malaise is often defined in medical literature as a "general feeling of being unwell". The word has existed in the French language since at least the 12th century. The term is also often used figuratively in other contexts; for example, "economic malaise" refers to an economy that is stagnant or in recession. The term is particularly associated with the 1973–75 recession. A speech made by President Jimmy Carter in 1979 is commonly referred to as the "malaise" speech, even though Carter did not actually use the term in this speech.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Malaise

    an uneasy feeling which often precedes a serious attack of some disease.

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