malaise


malaise

noun

  1. a condition of general bodily weakness or discomfort, often marking the onset of a disease.
  2. a vague or unfocused feeling of mental uneasiness, lethargy, or discomfort.

noun

  1. a feeling of unease or depression
  2. a mild sickness, not symptomatic of any disease or ailment
  3. a complex of problems affecting a country, economy, etcBulgaria’s economic malaise

n.c.1300, maleise “pain, suffering; sorrow, anxiety,” also, by late 14c., “disease, sickness,” from Old French malaise “difficulty, suffering, hardship,” literally “ill-ease,” from mal “bad” (see mal-) + aise “ease” (see ease (n.)). The current use is perhaps a mid-18c. reborrowing from Modern French. A Middle English verbal form, malasen “to trouble, distress” (mid-15c.), from Old French malaisier, did not endure. n.

  1. A vague feeling of bodily discomfort, as at the beginning of an illness.

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