But the words “responsible” and “Republican” are no longer typeable together except in moods of mockery, or at least wistfulness.
That gave last night's dinner with Ahmadinejad an air of wistfulness tinged with growing fear.
It begins with a sort of wistfulness, a sense of expansion follows, you go about all the time with your head in the clouds.
When she looked again, his face had lost that smile for a kind of wistfulness.
Lucine watched her with a wistfulness that softened to tenderness the faint lines of native selfishness about her mouth.
The girl smiled curiously, and there was a trace of wistfulness in her eyes.
The wistfulness of his tone, of his looks, would have softened any heart that was not hard as stone.
There was a note of wistfulness in the musical voice as she asked the question.
The tone was piteous in its wistfulness, and Hildegarde responded heartily.
There was a wistfulness about Tillie's mouth that set him wondering.
1610s, "closely attentive," from obsolete wist "intent" (c.1500), of uncertain origin. Perhaps formed on the model of wishful. The meaning of "yearningly eager" is first recorded 1714. Related: Wistfully; wistfulness.