Definition

(Noun) The feeling of mental weariness and dissatisfaction produced by want of occupation, or by lack of interest in present surroundings and employments.

In Context

“Young men reaching maturity in deferential and patriarchal societies found a soldier’s career attractive precisely because it promised release from the restraints or ennui of the familiar.”

Dennis Showalter and William J. Astore, Soldiers’ Lives Through History: The Early Modern World, 2007.