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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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Examples from the Web for unrepining
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  • I should like to grow old like that, calmly, unafraid and unrepining.

    In the Wilderness Robert Hichens
  • Who that ever stooped his head beneath a Highland hut would grudge a few gallons of Glenlivet to its poor but unrepining inmates?

  • Great Brutus bowed by the sorrow of a strong man's unrepining emotion.

    The Vision Spendid William MacLeod Raine
  • And as he saw into the depths of that pure heart, its stainless purity, its unrepining sorrow, he trembled and was silent.

    Wee Wifie Rosa Nouchette Carey
  • He retired to his bed before the kitchen range, and gradually and slowly he faded away: amiable, unrepining, devoted to the end.

    A Boy I Knew and Four Dogs Laurence Hutton
  • What uncomplaining and unrepining patience in thy solitary huts!

British Dictionary definitions for unrepining


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



"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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