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wistful

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showing or evoking a sad longing for an often idealized past
  • She felt wistful looking through her college yearbook, remembering old friends she had not seen in decades.

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The first known use of wistful was in 1714

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“Wistful.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/wistful. Accessed 4 Dec. 2021.

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