repine

verb
re·​pine | \ ri-ˈpīn How to pronounce repine (audio) \
repined; repining; repines

Definition of repine

intransitive verb

1 : to feel or express dejection or discontent : complain
2 : to long for something

Other Words from repine

repiner noun

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In longing, one can "repine over" something ("repining over her lost past"), or one can "pine for" something. The two words, used thus, mean close to the same thing, but not exactly. Pining refers to intense longing for what one once knew. Repine adds an element of discontent to any longing—an element carried over from its sense "to feel or express dejection or discontent," which has been in use since the 16th century. Washington Irving used the earlier sense in his 1820 work The Sketch Book: "Through the long and weary day he repines at his unhappy lot." Pine and repine are from Old English pīnian ("to suffer") and probably ultimately from Latin poena ("punishment"). Poena also gave us pain.

Examples of repine in a Sentence

there is no use repining over a love that's been long lost

First Known Use of repine

1529, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Last Updated

14 Dec 2021

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“Repine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/repine. Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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