- to be fretfully discontented; fret; complain.
Origin of repine
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Examples from the Web for repine
Now, however—but I should be a fool, indeed, to repine at my own good fortune!'The Life And Adventures Of Nicholas Nickleby
Why then should he repine when the hour of separation arrives?Phaedo
Well, even so, he would not repine, for Naomi could see now.The Scapegoat
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
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
- (intr) to be fretful or low-spirited through discontent
C16: from re- + pine ²
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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.
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