Definition of malaise noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//məˈleɪz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//məˈleɪz//
    [uncountable, singular] (formal) Being ill
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  1. 1the problems affecting a particular situation or group of people that are difficult to explain or identify economic/financial/social malaise The latest crime figures are merely symptomatic of a wider malaise in society.
  2. 2a general feeling of being ill/sick, unhappy or not satisfied, without signs of any particular problem synonym unease a serious malaise among the staff See related entries: Being ill
  3. Word Originmid 18th cent.: from French, from Old French mal ‘bad’ (from Latin malus) + aise ‘ease’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: malaise