Is there a word in English that encapsulates the condition of being blasé, sort of in the same vein as "weariness" encapsulates the condition of being weary?

blasé: having or showing a lack of excitement or interest in something especially because it has become familiar Merriam-Webster

I would like a word that captures that idea of disinterest due to routine or familiarity.

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    indifferent? jaded? French?
    – Dan Bron
    Oct 6, 2015 at 11:02
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    Nonchalant. (of a person or manner) feeling or appearing casually calm and relaxed; not displaying anxiety, interest, or enthusiasm.
    – Joe Dark
    Oct 6, 2015 at 11:42
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    I think jaded is the only one that captures both the disinterest aspect and the experienced-too-many-times-before aspect of blasé. Oct 6, 2015 at 12:30
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    All these examples are adjectives, and it sounds like the OP wants a noun. Oct 6, 2015 at 12:33
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    Sounds a bit like ennui. Or maybe tedium.
    – bib
    Oct 6, 2015 at 14:53

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It turns out that jadedness is considered to be a word: it appears in MW and Dictionary.com and has over 4,000 hits on Google Books:

feeling or showing a lack of interest and excitement caused by having done or experienced too much of something [MW for jaded]

Another option, apathy, is much more popular, but the routine/familiarity aspect of the disinterest is not as clearly implied:

the feeling of not having much emotion or interest [MW]

Google Ngrams shows that the use of jadedness is on the rise, but compared to apathy, it barely even registers:

Jadedness vs. Apathy usage


burned out or perhaps burnt out.

From Wikipedia's "occupational burnout" article:

Burnout is a type of psychological stress. Occupational burnout or job burnout is characterized by exhaustion, lack of enthusiasm and motivation, feelings of ineffectiveness, and also may have the dimension of frustration or cynicism, and as a result reduced efficacy within the workplace

And Merriam-Webster:

: the condition of someone who has become very physically and emotionally tired after doing a difficult job for a long time

: a person who suffers burnout

I don't agree with Merriam's take that the job must be "difficult." It may simply have become tedious.

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