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malaise

Definition:

physical discomfort (as mild sickness or depression)

Class:

state noun (stable states of affairs)

Plural:

malaises

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Synonyms:

unease | uneasiness

Etymology:

French, from Old French mal "bad" (from Latin malus) + aise "ease"
(Source: Oxford Dictionary)  [more]

Definition references

Wikipedia:

Malaise | AZE

a feeling of general discomfort or uneasiness, of being "out of sorts", often the first indication of an infection or other disease. Malaise is often defined in medical literature as a "general feeling of being unwell". The word has existed in the... (42 of 561 words, pronunciation)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Malaise

Collins Dictionary:

malaise

a feeling of unease or depression | a mild sickness, not symptomatic of any disease or ailment | a complex of problems affecting a country, economy, ... (24 of 411 words, 3 definitions, 10 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/malaise

Merriam-Webster:

malaise

an indefinite feeling of debility or lack of health often indicative of or accompanying the onset of an illness | a vague sense of mental or moral ... (26 of 102 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/malaise

Oxford Dictionary:

malaise

a general feeling of discomfort, illness, or unease whose exact cause is difficult to identify (15 of 68 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/malaise

Macmillan British Dictionary:

malaise [singular, uncountable, formal]

a general feeling of being worried, unhappy, or not satisfied ; a feeling that you are slightly ill, although you cannot say what exactly is wrong | a ... (27 of 63 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/malaise

Cambridge Dictionary:

malaise [formal]

a general feeling of being ill or having no energy, or an uncomfortable feeling that something is wrong, especially with society, and that you cannot ... (25 of 59 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/malaise

American Heritage Dictionary:

malaise

A vague feeling of bodily discomfort, as at the beginning of an illness. | A general sense of depression or unease (20 of 53 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/malaise

Random House Dictionary:

malaise

a condition of general bodily weakness or discomfort, often marking the onset of a disease. | a vague or unfocused feeling of mental uneasiness, ... (23 of 36 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/malaise

Wiktionary:

malaise | angst [synonym, sense-specific] | doldrums [synonym, sense-specific] | ill at ease [synonym, sense-specific] | melancholy [synonym, sense-specific] | unease [synonym, sense-specific] | weltschmerz [synonym, sense-specific]

A feeling of general bodily discomfort, fatigue or unpleasantness, often at the onset of illness. | An ambiguous feeling of mental or moral depression. | Ill will or hurtful feelings for others or someone. (32 of 36 words, 3 definitions)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/malaise

New World Dictionary:

malaise

a vague feeling of physical discomfort or uneasiness, as early in an illness | a vague awareness of moral or social decline (21 of 34 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/malaise

Encarta Dictionary:

malaise | malaises [plural]

a general feeling of illness or sickness of no diagnostic significance | a general feeling of worry, discontent, or dissatisfaction, often resulting ... (21 of 55 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861627968​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Oxford Dictionary:

malaise

First use: mid 18th century

Origin: French, from Old French mal "bad" (from Latin malus) + aise "ease"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/malaise

Wiktionary:

malaise

Origin: the French malaise ("ill ease"), from mal ("bad") + aise ("ease"). Compare ill at ease.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/malaise

Merriam-Webster:

malaise

First use: about 1768

Origin: French malaise, from Old French, from mal- + aise comfort

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/malaise

American Heritage Dictionary:

malaise

Origin: French, from Old French: mal-, mal- + aise, ease; see "ease".

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/malaise

Online Etymology:

malaise

First use: 1768

Origin: French malaise, literally "ill-ease", from mal "bad" + aise "ease".

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=malaise

Collins Dictionary:

malaise

First use: 18th century

Origin: from Old French, from mal bad + aiseease

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/malaise

New World Dictionary:

malaise

Origin: French from mal, bad (see "mal-") + aise, "ease"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/malaise

Encarta Dictionary:

malaise | malaises [plural]

First use: Mid-18th century

Origin: French, "ill ease" from aise "comfort"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861627968​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

malaise

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "malaise"

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/malaise

Collins Dictionary:

malaise

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "malaise"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/malaise

Macmillan British Dictionary:

malaise [singular, uncountable, formal]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "malaise"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/malaise

Macmillan American Dictionary:

malaise [singular, uncountable, formal]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "malaise"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/malaise

Cambridge Dictionary:

malaise [formal]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "malaise"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "malaise"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/malaise

the Free Dictionary:

malaise

Audio 1: British English pronunciation of "malaise"

Audio 2: North American English pronunciation of "malaise" by speech synthesizer

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Google Dictionary:

malaise | malaises [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "malaise"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

malaise

Audio: North American pronunciation of "malaise"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=malais​01 word=malaise

malaise

Audio: North American pronunciation of "malaise"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=malais​02 word=malaise

YourDictionary Audio:

malaise

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "malaise" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/malaise

freedictionary.org:

malaise

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "malaise" by speech synthesizer

freedictionary​.org​/ Query=malaise

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