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Definition the feeling of being bored by something tedious
  • She's suffering mid-life ennui with evaporating hopes.
  • We're living together until ennui do us part.
  • They were only a week married, and here was George already suffering ennui, and eager for others' society
    Thackeray, William Makepeace  --  Vanity Fair
  • I found D— at home, yawning, lounging, and dawdling, as usual, and pretending to be in the last extremity of ennui.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Purloined Letter
  • ennui = the feeling of being bored by something tedious
  • Ennui is the mortal enemy of prisoners; I had ennui, and I amused myself with twisting that rope.
    Dumas, Alexandre  --  The Three Musketeers
  • He had absolutely nothing to do, almost died of ennui, and became a confirmed misanthrope.
    Wilde, Oscar  --  The Picture Of Dorian Gray
  • Undoubtedly the very tedium and ennui which presume to have exhausted the variety and the joys of life are as old as Adam.
    Thoreau, Henry David  --  Walden & on the Duty of Civil Disobedience
  • He had on evening dress, a moustache, a chrysanthemum, and a look of ennui, all of which he kept carefully under his eye.
    Crane, Stephen  --  Maggie: A Girl of the Streets
  • The surmise of my maturer years is that, bored by her interminable life, the venerable antiquity was simply yawning with ennui at every seam.
    Conrad, Joseph  --  The Mirror of the Sea
  • Quel ennui d'ecrire quelquechose que l'on ne comprend pas
    Bronte, Charlotte  --  The Professor
  • As well as to weakness and exhaustion, does he appeal to too much strength, to superabundant vitality, to the ennui of idleness.
    London, Jack  --  John Barleycorn
  • It was not a condition of life which fitted her, and she could see in it but an appalling and hopeless ennui.
    Chopin, Kate  --  The Awakening and Selected Short Stories
  • and it was all from ennui, gentlemen, all from ennui; inertia overcame me.
    Dostoyevsky, Fyodor  --  Notes from the Underground
  • Ennui was a word of which I have forgotten the meaning.
    Oppenheim, E. Phillips  --  The Yellow Crayon
  • I see coming an age of sexual catastrophe—a violent increase of bondage, increased violence and guilt, increased disgust and ennui.
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • You know, I might do this thing out of pure spite .... or out of ennui.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • He had on evening dress, a moustache, a chrysanthemum, and a look of ennui, all of which he kept carefully under his eye.
    Stephen Crane  --  Maggie: A Girl of the Streets
  • Something I must do, or ennui will rain upon me in buckets.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • His initial reaction is one of ennui: there is a ritual dance to be gone through, and it is one that bores him.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • It's my ennui—"It's just, yeah, no other way to get around it.
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?

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