But the words “responsible” and “Republican” are no longer typeable together except in moods of mockery, or at least wistfulness.
That gave last night's dinner with Ahmadinejad an air of wistfulness tinged with growing fear.
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.