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reminiscence

[rem-uh-nis-uh ns] /ˌrɛm əˈnɪs əns/
noun
1.
the act or process of recalling past experiences, events, etc.
2.
a mental impression retained and revived.
3.
Often, reminiscences. a recollection narrated or told:
reminiscences of an American soldier.
4.
something that recalls or suggests something else.
5.
(in Platonic philosophy) anamnesis (def 2).
Origin
1580-1590
1580-90; < Middle French < Late Latin reminiscentia. See reminiscent, -ence
Synonyms
1. recollection. 2. memory. 3. anecdote, tale, memoir. 4. reminder.
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Examples for reminiscences
  • Best to leave reminiscences aside and get on with the business at hand.
  • The day is being marked by speeches, parties, and reminiscences.
  • No other season in sports has spawned so many reminiscences, so much commentary, so much myth and legend.
  • But there, for some reason, his reminiscences stopped.
  • For example, the reminiscences of the writer's boyhood, which form the lengthy introduction.
  • He imparts his joy to us, the audience, through his reminiscences of them.
  • One brief sigh sufficed to carry off the entire burden of these dismal reminiscences.
  • Includes diaries, muster rolls, reminiscences and other related papers.
British Dictionary definitions for reminiscences

reminiscence

/ˌrɛmɪˈnɪsəns/
noun
1.
the act of recalling or narrating past experiences
2.
(often pl) some past experience, event, etc, that is recalled or narrated; anecdote
3.
an event, phenomenon, or experience that reminds one of something else
4.
(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
5.
(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 reminiscences

reminiscence

n.

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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