Definition of nostalgia
nostalgicplay \nä-ˈstal-jik, nə- also nȯ-, nō-; nə-ˈstäl-\ adjective or noun
nostalgicallyplay \nä-ˈstal-ji-k(ə-)lē, nə- also nȯ-, nō-; nə-ˈstäl-\ adverb
nostalgistplay \nä-ˈstal-jist, nə- also nȯ-, nō-; nə-ˈstäl-\ noun
Examples of nostalgia in a Sentence
To dwell even fitfully on the past, for James, was to risk crippling nostalgia; the past was the shadow side of will and therefore must be rejected. —Jackson Lears, Nation, 26 Feb. 2007
My own feelings were that since I'd jettisoned employment, marriage, nostalgia and swampy regret, I was now rightfully a man aquiver with possibility and purpose … —Richard Ford, Independence Day, 1995
… the script is written in advance, around the uplifting themes of our civic religion: reconciliation, patriotism, self-sacrifice, the bond of leader and little guy, nostalgia for what is inevitably called “a simpler time.” —Katha Pollitt, Nation, 22 May 1995
Nevertheless, if one understands the nostalgia for war which marked these years of his break with America, it still remains a nostalgia that is empyreal and histrionic. Only once in his career did MacArthur lead as small a body of men as a company—one somehow feels that the idea of MacArthur, even as a boy, in command of anything less than a division verges on the ludicrous … —William Styron, “MacArthur,” 8 Oct. 1964, in William Styron, This Quiet Dust and Other Writings, 1982
A wave of nostalgia swept over me when I saw my childhood home.
He was filled with nostalgia for his college days.
Recent Examples of nostalgia from the Web
But there’s something about any kind of fried chicken that’s nostalgia-inducing for a lot of us.
The headliners for this year's Forecastle Festival are a varied bunch, although there's an element of nostalgia that's stronger than usual with LCD Soundsystem and Weezer holding down two of the top three spots.
The gravitational pull of nostalgia among white evangelicals was evident across a wide range of public opinion polling questions.
Something seen as everyday, or ordinary, that holds a bit of magical nostalgia for you.
A converted factory, the hotel’s funky vibe includes hat-tips to Brooklyn nostalgia, like complimentary shuttle rides in classic 1970s checker cabs for guests.
Nostalgia will be all the rage during the opening week of the Missouri men’s basketball season.
Retracing the origins of Dior Homme without a hint of nostalgia, 41-year-old Belgian designer Van Assche took the house’s bread-and-butter two-piece and deconstructed it to produce an edgy, celebratory show.
Valve Blizzard’s StarCraft remaster isn’t even out yet, but the company’s apparently going to keep the nostalgia flowing.
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Origin and Etymology of nostalgia
New Latin, from Greek nostos return home + New Latin -algia; akin to Greek neisthai to return, Old English genesan to survive, Sanskrit nasate he approaches
First Known Use: 1729See Words from the same year
NOSTALGIA Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of nostalgia for English Language Learners
: pleasure and sadness that is caused by remembering something from the past and wishing that you could experience it again
NOSTALGIA Defined for Kids
Definition of nostalgia for Students
: a longing for something past
Medical Definition of nostalgia
1: the state of being homesick
2: a wistful or excessively sentimental sometimes abnormal yearning for return to or of some past period or irrecoverable condition
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