View synonyms for reminiscence


[ rem-uh-nis-uhns ]


  1. the act or process of recalling past experiences, events, etc.

    Synonyms: recollection

  2. a mental impression retained and revived.

    Synonyms: memory

  3. Often reminiscences. a recollection narrated or told:

    reminiscences of an American soldier.

    Synonyms: memoir, tale, anecdote

  4. something that recalls or suggests something else.

    Synonyms: reminder

  5. (in Platonic philosophy) anamnesis ( def 2 ).


/ ˌrɛmɪˈnɪsəns /


  1. the act of recalling or narrating past experiences
  2. often plural some past experience, event, etc, that is recalled or narrated; anecdote
  3. an event, phenomenon, or experience that reminds one of something else
  4. (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
  5. 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 History and Origins

Origin of reminiscence1

First recorded in 1580–90; from Middle French, from Late Latin reminiscentia, from reminiscent-, stem of reminiscēns “remembering” ( reminiscent ) + -ia -y 3( def )

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Example Sentences

However, reminiscence interventions, which focus on reviewing episodes from one’s past and integrating them into a more positive mindset, also had a small positive effect, even though it is anti-mindful.

In truth, most of the discussion was dominated by reminiscences and expressions of mutual appreciation, sure signs that the feeling of family we see onscreen is something that has taken hold off screen, as well.

Anecdotes, reminiscences and pointers for would-be mystery writers abound throughout “Howdunit.”

So when I saw the announcement Tuesday that the pizza giant was debuting its very own Detroit-style pizza, I was optimistic that the offering would bridge my nostalgic reminiscence with a favorite new-to-me trend.

Her book, “Trieste and the Meaning of Nowhere” is 188 pages of geography, philosophy, Napoleonic history, Jewish history, maritime history, vintage gossip of the bourgeoisie, personal reminiscence and self-reflection.

A scene about Townsend will slip into a reminiscence about his childhood, or a forecasting of his death.

Inevitably, poor Kate is getting binders full of advice and motherly reminiscence.

The photo-sharing app that was recently sold to Facebook for a billion dollars (yes, with a “b”) also peddles in reminiscence.

When a reminiscence got going in the Back Trace, nights, it worked like a freestyle morphine jazz.

Elimination is your watchword, whether chucking 20th century memorabilia or relationships hinged on reminiscence.

A child's preference for the mother's singing is, perhaps, a half reminiscence of the soft-low tones of the lullaby.

She had taken off her glove now, and her palm left on his a reminiscence of Peau d'Espagne.

Here is one among many; it is a reminiscence of my visit in a country seat not far from Edinburgh.

He was engaged in telling some bit of pioneer reminiscence—something broadly pleasant.

A strange smile shot into Crozier's face, and the dark passion of reminiscence fled from his eyes.


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