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[ri-pahyn] /rɪˈpaɪn/
verb (used without object), repined, repining.
to be fretfully discontented; fret; complain.
Origin of repine
First recorded in 1520-30; re- + pine2
Related forms
repiner, noun
unrepined, adjective
unrepining, adjective Unabridged
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  • Now, however—but I should be a fool, indeed, to repine at my own good fortune!'

  • Why then should he repine when the hour of separation arrives?

    Phaedo Plato
  • Well, even so, he would not repine, for Naomi could see now.

    The Scapegoat Hall Caine
  • In that wish there can be no harm, for it is only wishing that you may not be tempted to repine.

    The Settlers in Canada

    Frederick Marryat
  • But there—we must not repine—even in my sorrow, I feel how much we have to be thankful for.

    A Final Reckoning G. A. Henty
  • Never let us repine, howsomever, but consider that all is ordered for the best.

    The Life of Mansie Wauch David Macbeth Moir
  • Ought she to repine at the fruit of her own indiscretion and folly?

    The Young Maiden

    A. B. (Artemas Bowers) Muzzey
  • To know it is no sin: to repine and murmur thereat, these are forbidden.

    In Convent Walls Emily Sarah Holt
  • She soon saw that to suffer was her duty, and though she might grieve, she must not repine.

  • And after my brother has been spared so far, how can I repine at any selfish trouble?'

    Heartsease Charlotte M. Yonge
British Dictionary definitions for repine


(intransitive) to be fretful or low-spirited through discontent
Word Origin
C16: from re- + pine²
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Word Origin and History for repine

"to be fretfully discontented," mid-15c., probably from re-, here likely an intensive prefix, + pine (v.) "yearn." Related: Repined; repining.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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