V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: boredom and consequent fatigue

Synonyms: boredom, tediousness, dissatisfaction

Antonyms: satisfaction, interest

Tips: Ennui was derived from the Latin expression in odio est, "it is hateful." The word "annoy" comes from the same source. Ennui is a combination of boredom and dissatisfaction.

Usage Examples:

Some of the children were weary of the ennui of summer vacation and longed to go back to school, while others relished having nothing to do. (tedious boredom)

The ennui of his life eventually drove him to make major changes in his career and living situation. (dissatisfaction, boredom)

She subconsciously punished herself by maintaining a dreary existence of ennui. (tediousness, boredom)

My tedious and uninteresting job held me in a constant state of ennui. (boredom, dissatisfaction)

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