Ennui

Ennui – a feeling of utter weariness and discontent resulting from satiety or lack of interest; boredom “As she started to snore contentedly, I lay there confronted with a gnawing ennui, a confounding disappointment that crept up into my brain as I realized I felt nothing but contempt for the person beside me.” The French loanword ennui comes from the very same Late Latin word that gave us annoy — inodiare (“to make loathsome”). English Laguage borrowed ennui several centuries after absorbing annoy into the language. Ennui deals more with boredom than irritation – and a somewhat specific sort of boredom at that. It generally refers to the feeling of jadedness that can result from living a life of too much ease. The poet Charles Lloyd described it well in his 1823 Stanzas to Ennui when he referred to that world-weary sensation as a “soul-destroying fiend” which visits with its “pale unrest / The chambers of the human breast / Where too much happiness hath fixed its home.” When the antiproton was discovered … it sent a wave of ennui through the physics community. Not that its discovery was unimportant, but based on Dirac’s theory, everybody expected it. Chrissy got caught up in academic ennui so much that she dropped out. If there were more entertaining events in town, we wouldn’t be saturated with ennui. ]]>

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