[ ri-pahyn ]
/ rɪˈpaɪn /
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verb (used without object), re·pined, re·pin·ing.
to be fretfully discontented; fret; complain.
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OTHER WORDS FROM repinere·pin·er, nounun·re·pined, adjectiveun·re·pin·ing, adjective
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How to use repine in a sentence
But, fortunately, they had scant time for repining, and there is nothing like active occupation to banish useless brooding.Dorothy at Skyrie|Evelyn Raymond
He has lost that spirit of repining and sarcasm, and lives as if he had an object.'The Heir of Redclyffe|Charlotte M. Yonge
He endured without repining the bent back, the sightless eyes, and the creaking joints incident to over-maturity.The Fiend's Delight|Dod Grile
And they learned to accept the inequalities of life without repining insolence.Beacon Lights of History, Volume V|John Lord
I prepared myself for dismissal, and hoped that, when the hour arrived, I should submit without repining.
British Dictionary definitions for repine
/ (rɪˈpaɪn) /
(intr) to be fretful or low-spirited through discontent
Word Origin for repine
C16: from re- + pine ²
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