malaise

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See also: Malaise and malaisé

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Etymology[edit]

From French malaise (ill ease), from mal- (bad, badly) + aise (ease). Compare ill at ease.

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malaise (countable and uncountable, plural malaises)

  1. A feeling of general bodily discomfort, fatigue or unpleasantness, often at the onset of illness.
    Synonyms: unease, doldrums, ill at ease
    • 2019 August 21, Adrienne Matei, “Shock! Horror! Do you know how much time you spend on your phone?”, in The Guardian[1]:
      Addressing tech malaise has become a trend with authors and self-help coaches – such as Catherine Price, author of How to Break Up With Your Phone, who, during a $295, 50-minute phone call, will offer you advice on things like how to create roadblocks to checking your phone by putting a rubber band around your screen, and “think of the bigger picture” rather than what you’re missing on Twitter.
  2. An ambiguous feeling of mental or moral depression.
    Synonyms: melancholy, weltschmerz, angst
    • 2003, Donald Kagan, The Peloponnesian War:
      Their failure helped produce the widespread malaise reported by Thucydides: the Athenians "grieved over their private sufferings, the common people because, having started out with less, they were deprived even of that; the rich had lost their beautiful estates in the country, the houses as well as their expensive furnishings, but worst of all, they had war instead of peace" (2.65.2).
  3. Ill will or hurtful feelings for others or someone.

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French[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

mal- +‎ aise

Noun[edit]

malaise m (plural malaises)

  1. malaise, uneasiness, cringe

Etymology 2[edit]

see malais

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malaise

  1. feminine singular of malais

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Indonesian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Dutch malaise, from French malaise.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): [maˈlai̯sə]
  • Hyphenation: ma‧lai‧sê

Noun[edit]

malaise or malaisê

  1. (economics) depression, a period of major economic contraction.
  2. (medicine) malaise, a feeling of general bodily discomfort, fatigue or unpleasantness, often at the onset of illness.

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