taedium vitae

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Borrowing from Latin taedium (boredom) + vitae (of life).

Noun[edit]

taedium vitae (uncountable)

  1. Profound ennui or weariness of one's life.
    • 1621, Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy, vol.1, New York, 2001, p.390:
      Hence it proceeds many times that they are weary of their lives, and feral thoughts to offer violence to their own persons come into their minds; tædium vitæ is a common symptom […].
    • 1957, Lawrence Durrell, Justine:
      From time to time one of Georges' numerous girls strays into my net by calling at the flat when he is not there, and the incident serves for a while to sharpen my taedium vitae.

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