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reverie

[rev-uh-ree] /ˈrɛv ə ri/
noun
1.
a state of dreamy meditation or fanciful musing:
lost in reverie.
2.
a daydream.
3.
a fantastic, visionary, or impractical idea:
reveries that will never come to fruition.
4.
Music. an instrumental composition of a vague and dreamy character.
Also, revery.
Origin
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English < Old French reverie, derivative of rever to speak wildly. See rave, -ery
Synonyms
1. abstraction, brown study.

revery

[rev-uh-ree] /ˈrɛv ə ri/
noun, plural reveries.
1.
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  • It is our job to interrupt their technological reveries and point out the wider world.
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  • But its exaggerated sweetness is every bit as chilling as more familiar masculine reveries about violence and irrational revenge.
  • Anything that seems to wake them from their reveries is ignored or denied.
British Dictionary definitions for reveries

reverie

/ˈrɛvərɪ/
noun (pl) -eries
1.
an act or state of absent-minded daydreaming: to fall into a reverie
2.
a piece of instrumental music suggestive of a daydream
3.
(archaic) a fanciful or visionary notion; daydream
Word Origin
C14: from Old French resverie wildness, from resver to behave wildly, of uncertain origin; see rave1
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Word Origin and History for reveries

reverie

n.

mid-14c., reuerye, "wild conduct, frolic," from Old French reverie, resverie "revelry, raving, delirium" (Modern French rêverie), from resver "to dream, wander, rave" (12c., Modern French rêver), of uncertain origin (also the root of rave). Meaning "daydream" is first attested 1650s, a reborrowing from French. As a type of musical composition, it is attested from 1880. Related: Reverist.

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