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[rem-uh-nis-uh ns] /ˌrɛm əˈnɪs əns/
the act or process of recalling past experiences, events, etc.
a mental impression retained and revived.
Often, reminiscences. a recollection narrated or told:
reminiscences of an American soldier.
something that recalls or suggests something else.
(in Platonic philosophy) anamnesis (def 2).
Origin of reminiscence
1580-90; < Middle French < Late Latin reminiscentia. See reminiscent, -ence
1. recollection. 2. memory. 3. anecdote, tale, memoir. 4. reminder. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for reminiscence
  • It is warmed throughout by unforced private affection and by a veritable tumult of reminiscence.
  • Each annual phenomena is reminiscence and prompting.
  • The result is a curiously powerful daily jolt of reminiscence.
  • Anyway, the point of my reminiscence is that, is to add another possibility to the various reasons posters have suggested.
  • The reason was depression, she later wrote in a reminiscence.
  • Tell some backstage story, share some poignant reminiscence.
  • Her monologue becomes something of an inventory, lightly camouflaged as reminiscence.
  • The book is part personal reminiscence and part excerpts from speeches.
  • At the same time a story is also a reflection, a meditation, or a reminiscence.
  • Discusses the importance of elder poets' use of reminiscence and relationships.
British Dictionary definitions for reminiscence


the act of recalling or narrating past experiences
(often pl) some past experience, event, etc, that is recalled or narrated; anecdote
an event, phenomenon, or experience that reminds one of something else
(in the philosophy of Plato) the doctrine that perception and recognition of particulars is possible because the mind has seen the universal forms of all things in a previous disembodied existence
(psychol) the ability to perform a task better when tested some time after the task has been learnt than when tested immediately after learning it
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Word Origin and History for reminiscence

1580s, "act of remembering," from Middle French reminiscence (14c.) and directly from Late Latin reminiscentia "remembrance, recollection" (a loan-translation of Greek anamnesis), from Latin reminiscentem (nominative reminiscens), present participle of reminisci "remember, recall to mind," from re- "again" (see re-) + minisci "to remember," from root of mens "mind," from PIE root *men- "mind, understanding, reason" (see mind (n.)). Meaning "a recollection of something past" is attested from 1811.

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