Monday’s word: ennui

I have a fairly poor vocabulary, which is why I have a dictionary within arm’s reach no matter where I go. I write down words I need to check on my mobile phone (it does have a dictionary, but it’s not that comprehensive), but almost as soon as I discover the definition I have forgotten it. I will attempt to add a word each day that has caught my attention to help myself and maybe even enlighten a few others. Some words I won’t know, some I will and will include because I like the definition or the way it sounds.

Today’s favourite word is ennui (pronounced on wee) – a noun meaning lack if interest or boredom.

Try and use this one in a sentence. Personally I would not attempt to use this word in fiction.


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8 Responses to Monday’s word: ennui

  1. payday loan says:

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  2. jenniferneri says:

    ennui – je savais pas qu’on utiliser ce mot en anglais! I really never knew! Learn something new every day!

  3. drtombibey says:

    A note to my wife:

    “With you dear, there was never a moment of ennui.”

    And that ain’t fiction.

    Dr. B

  4. newtowritinggirl says:

    I have exactly the same problem, so I signed up to a daily ‘word of the day’ from Sometimes they are rubbish (I had pavement last month!!!!), but some are pretty good!

  5. kaefka says:

    What a coincidence, that was my word over the weekend, I kept repeating it to myself because its such a great synonym for ideas like: lassitude, torpidity, apathy, listelessness, lethargy, emptiness.. etc; ideas indispensible to authors. Ennui in my experience only pops up in older works, although I was reminded of it by Che Guevara in his Motorcycle Diaries just last week.

    Somewhat sad that I have so much to say about a word… I think its such a great though!

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