- A vague feeling of bodily discomfort, as at the beginning of an illness.
- A general sense of depression or unease: "One year after the crash, the markets remain mired in a deep malaise" (New York Times).
[French, from Old French : mal-, mal- + aise, ease; see ease.]
- Approaching death; about to die.
- On the verge of becoming obsolete: moribund customs; a moribund way of life.
[Latin moribundus, from morī, to die; see mer- in Indo-European roots.]
mor'i·bun'di·ty (-bŭn'dĭ-tē) n., mor'i·bund'ly adv.
BONUS DEF - MUNDANE:
- Of, relating to, or typical of this world; secular.
- Relating to, characteristic of, or concerned with commonplaces; ordinary.
[Middle English mondeine, from Old French mondain, from Latin mundānus, from mundus, world.]
mun·dane'ly adv., mun·dane'ness, mun·dan'i·ty (-dān'ĭ-tē) n.
Here is my maundering M day full of M words. Not as amusing as the P alliterative day, but the malaise is making me morose. Perhaps, you all thought I was relinquishing my word of the day throne, but you get several words for the price of one posting.
Bonus Bonus DEF:
| (môn'dər, män'-) Pronunciation Key |
intr.v. maun·dered, maun·der·ing, maun·ders
[Probably dialectal variant of meander (probably influenced by wander).]