What do you call the state of tiredness or lack of interest. It is subtly different from ordinary boredom. A feeling like "the world is so boring"but just a little different, implying that the state of weariness is a result of too many encounters with others.
There is an exact term but I can't remember it.

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    I was going to answer this, but was suddenly overcome by a sense of apathy and ennui, so I took a nap instead. – Hot Licks Jul 24 '15 at 17:46
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    @Hot Licks, I'm (vaguely) aware of a (purportedly) effective herbal remedy for the treatment of such existential ailments - what state are you currently in? – user98990 Jul 24 '15 at 17:53
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    @LittleEva - A state of utter confusion. (No, wait -- that's Wisconsin. I guess we're only a little confused by comparison.) – Hot Licks Jul 24 '15 at 17:54
  • @Hot Licks, Wisconsin? Never mind, with that governor of yours that remedy I spoke of is light-years from you, I think your stuck with the apathy and ennui. Go back to your nap. – user98990 Jul 24 '15 at 18:02
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    Light-years? A three hour drive and I got ya covered, bro. – Mazura Jul 24 '15 at 21:39

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A good noun describing such a state is ennui.

ennui noun: a feeling of listlessness and dissatisfaction arising from a lack of occupation or excitement.

synonyms: boredom, tedium, listlessness, lethargy, lassitude, languor, weariness, enervation (Google)

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    +1...This would have been my first choice and then "doldrums" – Misti Jul 24 '15 at 17:07
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    Ennui and lethargy would have been my choices too! – Ellie Kesselman Jul 24 '15 at 23:30
  • This YouTube video of a cat speaking French is, I believe, the perfect accompaniment to this answer. youtube.com/watch?v=0M7ibPk37_U – Mari-Lou A Jul 25 '15 at 15:41
  • Thanks @Mari-Lou, really enjoyed Henri, who happens to be a long-haired version of my own pampered, tuxedo-clad feline, Sissy (whose real name is Richard – I was confused as to her gender – now she’s the one confused!). Additionally, the soundtrack which accompanies the sad, disaffected Henri is the third of Erik Satie’s Gymnopedie 1, 2, 3 (After The Rain), (arranged/interpreted by Pascal Rogé) ... – user98990 Jul 25 '15 at 17:27
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    'Ennui' has extra class because Cole Porter used it in 'I Get A Kick Out Of You' ["... fighting vainly the old ennui..."] – David Garner Jul 31 '15 at 8:27

Ennui, boredom, tedium, and doldrums- are comparable when they denote a state of dissatisfaction and weariness.


Use this noun to describe a period of time that is boring, depressing, or characterized by inactivity.

  • The noun doldrums is derived from the word dull. If you’ve been vegging out in front of the TV for hours, bored out of your mind, you might say you’re "in the doldrums."


Doldrums applies to a phase or period of depression that may be marked by listness, despondency and flagging enery.

(MW dictionary of synonyms)

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    +1, doldrums is like the informal sibling of ennui. – user98990 Jul 24 '15 at 17:57
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    Never heard of doldrum before. – Jaeger Jay Jul 25 '15 at 7:55

Jaded perhaps

bored or lacking enthusiasm, typically after having had too much of something.


or World-Weary

feeling or indicating feelings of weariness, boredom, or cynicism as a result of long experience of life.


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    It can be but there's a certain word of "world-weariness", but just a little different. – Jaeger Jay Jul 24 '15 at 16:31
  • Hey there @LittleEva . Thank you. And +1 to you too. – Avon Jul 24 '15 at 19:00
  • @JaegerJay +1 for world-weariness, I don't see how ennui captures this at all. – Mazura Jul 24 '15 at 21:53
  • @Mazura When i searched the word "ennui", it says there almost the same definition I have described in the OP. World-weariness is included there :). – Jaeger Jay Jul 25 '15 at 7:57
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    @Avon that has to be my top auto correct error of all time! Still, maybe it's true when they say men think with their **** ;-) – RemarkLima Jul 26 '15 at 17:15

Are you looking for "apathy"?

  • apathy - (noun) lack of interest, enthusiasm, or concern. Google

or "insipidity" (noun) - the state of finding everything uninteresting and dull.

boredom, tedium, uninterestedness and unconcern may also apply.


Blasé may suggest the idea:

  • indifferent to something because of familiarity or surfeit,
  • lacking enthusiasm; bored


  • Nope, I mean it is a subtle change of mood for no apparent reason. Not exhausted because of over-activity. – Jaeger Jay Jul 24 '15 at 16:28
  • Sort of subtle feeling of depression? – user66974 Jul 24 '15 at 16:29
  • Yeah, somewhat similar too that. But I won't consider it a depression because these feelings come and go with no clear precipitant. – Jaeger Jay Jul 24 '15 at 16:32

Insouciant is also a great word for this

showing a casual lack of concern; indifferent.

Sylvia Plath has a poem called Ennui that is littered with all kinds of these words (of course the word ennui itself being the most prominent)


How about anhedonia? The Concise Oxford English Dictionary defines this as

inability to feel pleasure in normally pleasurable activities.

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    I added a in-text citation and a link to a dictionary that uses the exact wording you quoted. I also removed the attribution to Google, since that is not a helpful source to cite. – Sven Yargs Jul 25 '15 at 9:06


noun: malaise; plural noun: malaises
a general feeling of discomfort, illness, or uneasiness whose exact cause is difficult to identify.
Oxford Dictionaries


Your accepted answer and nearly all the others are synonyms for boredom. I shall tackle the part everyone missed (jaded comes close): "implying that the state of weariness is a result of too many encounters with others."

Not a single word, but I describe this as 'being on' and wish I could 'turn off'. Introverts like myself, might have about two hours tolerance for engaging other people. After that we need to collect ourselves.

I'm tired of being on all day, I need some time to myself.

It's the heightened level of consciousness required, for acceptable social interaction, that makes us so weary.

Thank god all my guests went home. I'm mentally exhausted. Finally, I can turn off.



Feelings of sadness, tearfulness, emptiness or hopelessness
Mayo Clinic

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