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Definition
 
enEnglish
Boredom definition: A psychological state resulting from any activity that lacks motivation, or from enforced continuance in an uninteresting situation.
boredom definition: [1] die Langeweile
boredom definition: Ennui.
 
deGerman
Langeweile definition: [1] Gefühl der Untätigkeit, der Eintönigkeit
 
frFrench
ennui definition: Lassitude, langueur temporaire causée par une occupation dépourvue d’intérêt, monotone, déplaisante ou trop prolongée, ou par le désœuvrement.
ennui definition: Lassitude morale permanente qui fait qu’on ne prend d’intérêt, qu’on ne trouve de plaisir à rien.
ennui definition: Contrariété, souci ; et dans ce sens, il s’emploie souvent au pluriel,
 
Examples
 

The main reasons for smoking more were boredom, stress and the wish to socialise.

Suzy Ker et al.

Clinical practice and epidemiology in mental health : CP & EMH 4 (7), 06 May 2008

When the participants who smoked more were asked why, six overlapping categories emerged: boredom; stress; to socialise; habituation to smoking more; a substitute for unavailable alcohol; and a pleasant ambience to the smoke room.

Suzy Ker et al.

Clinical practice and epidemiology in mental health : CP & EMH 4 (7), 06 May 2008

We reduced these responses to three core categories (see Table 1 for quotes): boredom – most participants indicated that smoking was a way to pass the time; socialising – participants described going into the smoke room to be in the company of others and to make new friends, a more compelling reason to smoke than any direct effect of the cigarette; and stress reduction – a substantial majority asserted that stress, anxiety or the need to relax were reasons for smoking more after admission.

Suzy Ker et al.

Clinical practice and epidemiology in mental health : CP & EMH 4 (7), 06 May 2008

Reasons for changes in smoking habits after admission – quotes from inpatients A: Reasons for smoking more Boredom: "Boredom, especially between 12.15 and 5 o'clock when there's nothing else to do in the hospital; then after tea until visitors come it's mainly boredom" (m, 59); "Smoking gives you something to do" (f,32) Socialising : "I meet more people in the smoke room...

Suzy Ker et al.

Clinical practice and epidemiology in mental health : CP & EMH 4 (7), 06 May 2008

Participants who smoked more after admission put it down to boredom and stress, with the smoke room offering a form of socialising.

Suzy Ker et al.

Clinical practice and epidemiology in mental health : CP & EMH 4 (7), 06 May 2008

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