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Definition physical discomfort (as mild sickness or depression)
  • Just one shrill blow and you will see your animal shudder with malaise and repair at top speed to the safest, furthest part of its territory.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • Very bad," he said, as though he were sinking into some long-term spiritual malaise.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • Clearly I had snapped out of my malaise of the previous night.
    James Patterson  --  School's Out - Forever
  • Many people who did not die right away came down with nausea, headache, diarrhoea, malaise, and fever, which lasted several days.
    John Hersey  --  Hiroshima
  • And you see, I hope, a Britain emerging from its post-Empire malaise, modernizing, becoming as confident of its future as it once was of its past.
    Tony Blair  --  First Address to Irish Parliament From a British PM
  • Poor Whitcomb, sighed the chaplain, and blamed himself for his assistant's malaise.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • His unusual conduct was, I believe, a simple by-product of the deepening atmosphere of malaise and fear.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • The important towns they build are only retreats, their quarrels the malaise of men who cannot find their way home.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • Once more his very presence made her feel better; she was suffused by a drowsy fatigue but the nausea and deep malaise were gone.
    William Styron  --  Sophie's Choice
  • Not a whining, restless child's boredom (although I was not above that) but a dense, blanketing malaise.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • Mr. Babcock's moral malaise, I am afraid, lay deeper than where any definition of mine can reach it.
    Henry James  --  The American
  • But Alan did not want to despair, and did not want to be dragged down with his seatmate's malaise.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • One evening as I walked up the hill suffering from youth's vague malaise (there was simply nothing to do), the brother I had chosen came walking directly into my trap.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • To-day, in mysterious malaise, he raged or rejoiced with equal nervous swiftness, and to-day the light of spring was so winsome that he lifted his head and saw.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • "She just got back," the doorman tells Gogol with a wink as he walks past, and his heart leaps, unburdened of its malaise, grateful for her simple act of returning to him.
    Jhumpa Lahiri  --  The Namesake
  • He recognized that the systemic malaise that caused it was a consequence in part of his own refusal over the years to limit his courtship of the finest wines, foods, and cigars.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • Fronted by a lush lawn and palm trees, the Union Passenger Terminal had opened in 1954, an art deco–style building once aspiring to grandness but since overtaken by a certain grey municipal malaise.
    Dave Eggers  --  Zeitoun
  • He has wiped away my professional malaise and shown me the dignity in being loyal to something you believe in, and it's not a stretch to say that this man I hoped to save has done as much for me as I have for him.
    Steve Lopez  --  The Soloist
  • Horace had served as a medical officer for twenty months in the Pacific theater and had suffered in that period from sleep deprivation and from a generalized and perpetual tropical malaise that had rendered him, in his own mind, ineffective.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • Like a sore tooth that is not content to throb in isolation, but must diffuse its own pain to other parts of the body—making breathing difficult, vision limited, nerves unsettled, so a hated piece of furniture produces a fretful malaise that asserts itself throughout the house and limits the delight of things not related to it.
    Toni Morrison  --  The Bluest Eye

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