Malaise Definition

mă-lāz, -lĕz
A vague feeling of physical discomfort or uneasiness, as early in an illness.
Webster's New World
Any vague feeling of uneasiness, often, specif., one that is pervasive in a community.
Webster's New World
A general sense of depression or unease.
American Heritage

Ill will or hurtful feelings for others or someone.


Origin of Malaise

  • From the French malaise (“ill ease"), from mal (“bad") + aise (“ease"). Compare ill at ease.

    From Wiktionary

  • French from Old French mal- mal- aise ease ease

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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