ennui

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n ennui the feeling of being bored by something tedious
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Ennui A feeling of weariness and disgust; dullness and languor of spirits, arising from satiety or want of interest; tedium.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n ennui A painful or wearisome state of mind due to the want of any object of interest, or to enforced attention to something destitute of interest; the condition of being bored; tedium.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Ennui äng-nwē′ a feeling of weariness or disgust from satiety, &c.: the occasion of ennui
    • v.t Ennui to weary: to bore
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Quotations

  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    “The moment we indulge our affections, the earth is metamorphosed, there is no winter and no night; all tragedies, all ennui s, vanish, all duties even.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. L. in odio, in hatred. See Annoy

Usage

In literature:

His mother is tired, Gertrude ennuied, of course.
"Floyd Grandon's Honor" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
Castle Ennui is the bastile of modern life.
"The Wit and Humor of America, Volume X (of X)" by Various
It was filled with ennui.
"Out Like a Light" by Gordon Randall Garrett
Why does ennui prey on their spirits, save when some visit or visitor is in prospect?
"The Young Maiden" by A. B. (Artemas Bowers) Muzzey
Onegin feels bored and out of sheer ennui he begins to flirt with Olga.
"The Standard Operaglass" by Charles Annesley
I hope he has nothing else to complain of but ennui.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 57, No. 356, June, 1845" by Various
Spiritual and mental ennui left him without a vestige of the power of resistance.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
The bare idea of that old game of prowling sex fills me with ennui and disgust.
"Black Oxen" by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
Wilhelmine said afterwards that 'l'ennui de Stuttgard' had proved a greater defence than the entire Imperial army!
"A German Pompadour" by Marie Hay
She smothered a little yawn which may have been due to ennui, but also to the tingling of her nerves.
"The Bronze Eagle" by Emmuska Orczy, Baroness Orczy
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In poetry:

Well, we meet again, and I look at you
With a quiet surprise;
I think your ennui possesses me now,
And am quite as wise.
"A Few Idle Words" by Elizabeth Drew Barstow Stoddard
The wild and wilful one, the one
Who gives me (for a time) her love,
She who tormented me below
Would keep me from ennui above.
""If God in his almighty Power..."" by Konstantin Simonov
The autumn wind (In his ennui he blew cold)
Across the rice ears, (On our love)
So sad;
Empty of grain (My heart desolate)
Are they left.
"The autumn wind" by Ono no Komachi
In heaven they love women from ennui
And let them go in peace, without much woe.
Just fall into these earthly arms to me!
I'm not a star. I'll never let you go…
""Above our submarine's black nose she rises ..."" by Konstantin Simonov
Oh, like the Smoke that rises and is gone,
Let your own Spirit lift from Dawn to Dawn
And so bestartle Ennui that at last
Even the Grave will quite forget to yawn!
"The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám Jr." by Wallace Irwin
Think not they come for love of thee!
They seek from ennui to be free,
To ask some boon, or tell some tale
Which, true or false, will rarely fail
To leave behind a poisoned trail.
"Seclusion" by John Lawson Stoddard

In news:

This Fall, Blue Is In: My Anti- Ennui Guide.
There's Nothing Like Foreign Policy for Producing Ennui .
It's sonic bliss that just gets curiouser & curiouser EAR CANDY TO CURE YOUR ENNUI.
Alcohol dulls pain, but not persistent ennui.
I was on a flight yesterday, trying to brain-message this thought to a teenager who was complaining of ennui to her mother while flipping through a magazine.
They are often portrayed as devoid of culture, terrible pits of ennui where bored housewives and angsty teenagers pop pills, conduct affairs and search in vain for meaning.
Sometimes we stray into ennui and pathos.
B ack in May 2007, Brian Boyer was just another computer guy short-circuiting from ennui sitting on a friend's couch , reading blogs.
Judi Dench's M pulls aside our embattled hero, played once again with suave ennui by.
"Moonrise Kingdom" is a sometimes precocious but mostly whimsical and artfully fluent evocation of adolescent enthusiasm and adult ennui.
The French developer and publisher has talked before about how the ennui surrounding the longest console generation in history has affected games and.
For even the hardiest shopper, browsing through the name-brand luxury goods in the glossy Gold Coast stores in downtown Chicago can elicit a been-there-bought-that ennui.
So are we, but judging by the sports radio docket and the front page of the sports section, not everyone is filled with the same sense of overwhelming ennui over No 23 that we are.
Behind the rodent's fatal case of ennui is a severe deficit of dopamine, one of the essential signaling molecules in the brain.
Nobody does luxury ennui like Sofia Coppola.
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