Wistfulness vs Ennui - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between wistfulness and ennui

is that wistfulness is the state or characteristic of being wistful while ennui is a gripping listlessness or melancholia caused by boredom; depression.

wistfulness

English

Noun

(-)
  • The state or characteristic of being wistful.
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    ennui

    English

    Noun

    (-)
  • A gripping listlessness or melancholia caused by boredom; depression.
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