There is always a shade of melancholy, a tinge of pensiveness, a touch of pathos, in all profound rest.
Often have I reflected on it; sometimes with pensiveness, with sadness never.
The dignity of her bearing was lost in household ease, the pensiveness of her expression in an untroubled serene sweetness.
But Salvator was capable of pensiveness, of faith, and of fear.'
"Pardon my abstraction," he said, a shade of pensiveness still lingering in his voice.
"I cry you mercy," said Warner, with something of sarcasm in his pensiveness of tone.
The look of pensiveness on Joes face changed into one of longing.
Even the pensiveness of the story—the sadness of love unsatisfied—is mellow.
There is not a melancholy strain in all his works; pensiveness was as deep a note as he could strike.
In this her prime of existence and bloom of beauty they but subdued vivacity to pensiveness.
late 14c., from Old French pensif "thoughtful, distracted, musing" (11c.), from penser "to think," from Latin pensare "weigh, consider," frequentative of pendere "weigh" (see pendant). Related: Pensively; pensiveness.