Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Wednesday's Word: Ennui

Ennui

Pronounced as: ahn-wee
Definition: (noun) a feeling of weariness and dissatisfaction: boredom
Synonyms: doldrums, listlessness, indifference, tedium, disinterest
Antonyms: excitement, amusement, stimulation, captivation

I don't remember where I first saw this word, but I remember writing it down in the margin of one of my journals. Sometimes you find words that you instantly get a sense of its meaning, this wasn't one of them for me. This is another word that reads better than heard. Its use in conversation may hint at pretense. I think it sounds rather elegant, don't you?

Sample Use:
Curtains close, the applause stops, their ennui palpable.  They hated it, Angela DeVille mourns as she picks up the strips of clothing across the stage.

Your turn:  I know you can do better than that! Show me in the comments how you might use this word in your own writing. 

Source:  Merriam-Webster.com

6 comments:

  1. It's an elegant word, but I still can't stand to use it. Maybe I'm afraid that if my characters get bored, the reader will too? Hmmm!

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    1. I know what you mean, Camille. Tee-hee. Now may brain's spitting out all these highfalutin words like malaise, minutiae, and edification. LOL!

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  2. Tough one.It's always the little words that trick me. I'll see what I can come up with, but I love reading "the Wednesday's Word".

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    1. It such an unusual word, but I think it's such a beautiful word for what it means.

      Wait till you see what I have planned to make this feature a little more challenging. But after seeing all your posts to the prompts, I think it'll be right up your alley.

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  3. I encountered that word in French first. Other fun words I recognize from French: malaise, facile, sangfroid, rendezvous.

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    1. I like sangfroid. I think I'm going to use this as one of the Wednesday's Words.

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Thank you so much for your kind comments.