[ US /ɛˈnui/ ]
[ UK /ɛnjˈuːi/ ]
  1. the feeling of being bored by something tedious
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How To Use ennui In A Sentence

  • Joseph is a disgruntled Brooklyn teenager who, when he doesn't get into Columbia, fills up with ennui.
  • The best assessment, however, comes from my husband, who chortled, "She basically ennui-ed herself out the door!" as he refilled his wine glass. Una LaMarche: Project Runway Episode 11 Recap: Alba-tross
  • Kind of funny, isn't it, that the Kudeshka word for "schoolchildren" sounds a bit like the English word "ennui"? Analog Science Fiction and Fact
  • With their last album, Air soundtracked the film, The Virgin Sucides, a tale of suburban angst and ennui in the 70s.
  • It is with a sense of profound ennui that one reads today the enthralling news that, "Gordon Brown hinted … that he could yet call a referendum on the new EU reform treaty if fellow European leaders 'backslide' on deals struck by Tony Blair to protect British sovereignty. The games they play
  • The physical environment itself is a crucial factor in the creation of unhappiness, ennui, anger, alienation and despair.
  • The Nabob finding his time after dinner hang somewhat heavy on his hand, and the moon being tolerably bright, had, one harvest evening, sought his usual remedy for dispelling ennui by a walk to the Manse, where he was sure, that, if he could not succeed in engaging the minister himself in some disputation, he would at least find something in the establishment to animadvert upon and to restore to order. Saint Ronan's Well
  • The sea-world over, sailormen love to beguile the days of calm, to put to flight hours of ennui, by the spinning of yarns.
  • Did their mother die of ennui or choke on a chicken bone? Times, Sunday Times
  • A pall descended on the Palace of Westminster, a kind of anxious ennui.
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