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.
It begins with a sort of wistfulness, a sense of expansion follows, you go about all the time with your head in the clouds.
There was a wistfulness about Tillie's mouth that set him wondering.
Lucine watched her with a wistfulness that softened to tenderness the faint lines of native selfishness about her mouth.
There had been a wistfulness, so rarely in Martin's voice, that Rose had detected it instantly.
The wistfulness of his tone, of his looks, would have softened any heart that was not hard as stone.
A new wistfulness was in her face, but it was not the wistfulness of hunger.
The tone was piteous in its wistfulness, and Hildegarde responded heartily.
Vere smiled as she listened, but there was a wistfulness in her heart.
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.