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wistful

[wist-fuh l] /ˈwɪst fəl/
adjective
1.
characterized by melancholy; longing; yearning.
2.
pensive, especially in a melancholy way.
Origin
1605-1615
1605-15; obsolete wist quiet, silent, attentive (variant of whist2) + -ful
Related forms
wistfully, adverb
wistfulness, noun
unwistful, adjective
unwistfully, adverb
unwistfulness, noun
Synonyms
2. reflective, musing, meditative, forlorn.
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Examples from the web for wistfulness
  • Or maybe all this rain's an intensifying element to my own wistfulness.
  • These times of innocence and wistfulness that all of us look back upon so fondly soon give way to more pressing realities.
  • As he described it, it had no component of sadness or wistfulness or affectlessness.
  • They're proud of their abilities to survive, but there's a strong undercurrent of wistfulness about their observations.
  • He takes all its cruel oppressions with a solemn, uncomplaining wistfulness.
British Dictionary definitions for wistfulness

wistful

/ˈwɪstfʊl/
adjective
1.
sadly pensive, esp about something yearned for
Derived Forms
wistfully, adverb
wistfulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for wistfulness

wistful

adj.

1610s, "closely attentive," from obsolete wist "intent" (c.1500), of uncertain origin. Perhaps formed on the model of wishful. The meaning of "yearningly eager" is first recorded 1714. Related: Wistfully; wistfulness.

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