How often had he faced a widowed mother and her daughter, in mourning so deep as to suggest the recentness of their loss.
And its recentness in human history may account for some of our blindness to this great fact.
Men's minds still were shuddering from the recentness of the escape.
early 15c., from Latin recentem (nominative recens) "lately done or made, new, fresh, young," from re- (see re-) + PIE root *ken- "fresh, new, young" (cf. Greek kainos "new;" Sanskrit kanina- "young;" Old Irish cetu- "first;" Old Church Slavonic načino "to begin," koni "beginning"). Related: Recently; recentness (1670s, but OED reports recency (1610s) was "Common in 19th c.").