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A sense of apathy and lassitude brought about by either societal or personal stagnation. Akin to languor, but more closely tied to existentialism and post-war Europe.
As seen in the film L'Avventura, by Michelangelo Antonioni. As characterized in post-war European literature.
by Albert Miaskovsky May 04, 2004
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A very deep and generalised boredom with one's life.
Some high-schoolers may think they are suffering, because they're "bored and do not want to do their homework"...Yes well it's deeper than that, so no you're not suffering.

Comes from the french word ennuyeux, meaning, boring/annoying

See also, depression
If any of you have ever read "Education for Leisure", a poem by Carol Ann Duffy, then I can tell you the charcter most definately has this problem
by Tammy December 12, 2003
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It's that "I can't believe THIS is supposed to be life-affirming"
ennui that makes you regret your tired existence.

Characterized by a deep sigh of dissatisfaction, it's that miserable feeling you get post-coitus where you realize you spent countless hours convincing yourself and some other person that this was going to turn out well.
"What's that feeling you get after sex?"
"What, you mean ennui?"
"Yeah that's the one."

"As she started to snore contentedly, I lay there confronted with a gnawing ennui, a confounding disappointment that crept up into my brain as I realized I felt nothing but contempt for the person beside me."
by The Mighty Duke September 29, 2011
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A painting by Walter Richard Sickert who is also suspected to have been Jack the Ripper.
They look quite bored and life loathing and Ennui in the picture.. but the painting on the wall is that of a woman with the faint brushes of a man watching her in the background. ..maybe with a knife?
by EasyonAjax September 07, 2005
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