Definition of malaise
1 : an indefinite feeling of debility or lack of health often indicative of or accompanying the onset of an illness An infected person will feel a general malaise.
2 : a vague sense of mental or moral ill-being a malaise of cynicism and despair — Malcolm Boyd
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Examples of malaise in a Sentence
The symptoms include headache, malaise, and fatigue.
An infected person will feel a general malaise.
The country's current economic problems are symptoms of a deeper malaise.
Recent Examples of malaise from the Web
For Obana, harkening back to John F. Kennedy was a way of parsing the current malaise.
If New Orleans were to overcome its postbellum malaise through real estate development, Jefferson was the perfect place to do so, and the perfect time was now, before those improvements might complicate matters.
Equal parts muscles and malaise, Maguire's Peter Parker perfectly embodied the overwhelmed teen.
Trump may demonize immigrants and Muslims, blaming them for economic malaise or terror.
J.D. Vance, the 32-year-old venture capitalist whose best-selling memoir Hillbilly Elegy chronicled the economic malaise in the Midwest, in February moved home to Ohio.
Historians who talk solely about the Republican, or Trumpian, sources of the malaise are doing what, alas, has been hardly unknown in our profession: selectively selecting the other side's excesses, and ignoring their own side's transgressions.
The offensive malaise continued Saturday as a team that scored double-digit runs 12 times this year put up one run on three hits in a 6-1 loss to the Tigers (52-18).
Other sets and workshops at BET Experience and the BET Awards wil probably address more of the American malaise right now.
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Did You Know?
Malaise, which ultimately traces back to Old French, has been part of English since the mid-18th century. One of its most notable uses, however, came in 1979 - well, sort of. President Jimmy Carter never actually used the word in his July 15 televised address, but it became known as the malaise speech all the same. In the speech, Carter described the U.S. as a nation facing a crisis of confidence and rife with paralysis and stagnation and drift. He spoke of a national malaise a few days later, and it's not hard to see why the malaise name stuck. The speech was praised by some and criticized by many others, but whatever your politics, it remains a vivid illustration of the meaning of malaise.
MALAISE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of malaise for English Language Learners
medical : a slight or general feeling of not being healthy or happy
: a problem or condition that harms or weakens a group, society, etc.
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