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[ri-pahyn] /rɪˈpaɪn/
verb (used without object), repined, repining.
to be fretfully discontented; fret; complain.
Origin of repine
1520-30; re- + pine2
Related forms
repiner, noun
unrepined, adjective
unrepining, adjective Unabridged
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  • In that wish there can be no harm, for it is only wishing that you may not be tempted to repine.

    The Settlers in Canada Frederick Marryat
  • Ought she to repine at the fruit of her own indiscretion and folly?

    The Young Maiden A. B. (Artemas Bowers) Muzzey
  • They repine not for luxuries of which they can have no notion.

  • She was much too good a mother to repine at her daughter's promised gaiety.

    Orley Farm Anthony Trollope
  • I was not so ungrateful—let nobody suppose it—as to repine at this result.

    The Maid of Sker Richard Doddridge Blackmore
  • God has been very good to me, and given me so much that I will not repine at this sorrow.

    Orley Farm Anthony Trollope
  • If this should prove so, it would be our duty not to repine.

    Somehow Good William de Morgan
  • Why then should he repine when the hour of separation arrives?

    Phaedo Plato
  • And that if he was despised and rejected of men, we surely ought not to repine if we were treated as our Master.

    Mary and I Stephen Return Riggs
  • Well, even so, he would not repine, for Naomi could see now.

    The Scapegoat Hall Caine
British Dictionary definitions for repine


(intransitive) to be fretful or low-spirited through discontent
Word Origin
C16: from re- + pine²
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for repine

"to be fretfully discontented," mid-15c., probably from re-, here likely an intensive prefix, + pine (v.) "yearn." Related: Repined; repining.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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