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[rem-uh-nis-uh ns] /ˌrɛm əˈnɪs əns/
the act or process of recalling past experiences, events, etc.
a mental impression retained and revived.
Often, reminiscences. a recollection narrated or told:
reminiscences of an American soldier.
something that recalls or suggests something else.
(in Platonic philosophy) anamnesis (def 2).
Origin of reminiscence
1580-90; < Middle French < Late Latin reminiscentia. See reminiscent, -ence
1. recollection. 2. memory. 3. anecdote, tale, memoir. 4. reminder. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • Science (or rather half-way science) scoffs at reminiscence of dryad and hamadryad, and of trees speaking.

    Complete Prose Works Walt Whitman
  • "She begun to write about the time I did," he said, tasting the flavor of reminiscence.

    Country Neighbors Alice Brown
  • On such a subject the temptation to indulge in reminiscence is strong.

    John Greenleaf Whittier W. Sloane Kennedy
  • The reminiscence of some antenatal incarnation of his own soul?

    The Martian George Du Maurier
  • A strange smile shot into Crozier's face, and the dark passion of reminiscence fled from his eyes.

British Dictionary definitions for reminiscence


the act of recalling or narrating past experiences
(often pl) some past experience, event, etc, that is recalled or narrated; anecdote
an event, phenomenon, or experience that reminds one of something else
(in the philosophy of Plato) the doctrine that perception and recognition of particulars is possible because the mind has seen the universal forms of all things in a previous disembodied existence
(psychol) the ability to perform a task better when tested some time after the task has been learnt than when tested immediately after learning it
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Word Origin and History for reminiscence

1580s, "act of remembering," from Middle French reminiscence (14c.) and directly from Late Latin reminiscentia "remembrance, recollection" (a loan-translation of Greek anamnesis), from Latin reminiscentem (nominative reminiscens), present participle of reminisci "remember, recall to mind," from re- "again" (see re-) + minisci "to remember," from root of mens "mind," from PIE root *men- "mind, understanding, reason" (see mind (n.)). Meaning "a recollection of something past" is attested from 1811.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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