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Killing Time. Ennui in Eighteenth-Century English Culture
The article explores the meanings of ennui in eighteenth-century England. Based on text searches, it proposes that the French term ennui was adopted into everyday usage in England around the mid-century, and was from the 1770s onwards used to signify especially the temporal aspects of the word, that is, boredom. Ennui was closely tied to social rank: it was thought to plague the wealthy if they had too much time on their hands. Interestingly, ennui was not particularly gendered, but plagueddoi:10.13128/jems-2279-7149-20392 fatcat:4jiqkeood5gprcxorfg2pt7yxm