a mental state or emotion characterized by melancholy, longing, or pensiveness, or an instance of this:The film’s visuals occasionally aspire to the dark contours of a graphic novel, and, at other times, evoke the wistfulness of a watercolor painting.It's an extreme novel that conveys its dark message with heart and many moments of wistfulness.
- un·wist·ful·ness, noun
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How to use wistfulness in a sentence
On some level, I can’t help but feel a wistful curiosity about a new Harry Potter series, because I still love the Harry Potter characters and universe.
I became wistful just test-driving them, wishing these vehicles could ferry family and friends to lively get-togethers.
“We know already about how the holidays can be particularly triggering for people if you’re already feeling lonely or wistful, if you’ve lost a loved one or a close friend,” she says.The Zoom-fatigued person’s guide to connecting virtually on Thanksgiving | Tanya Basu | November 24, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
They always had a wistful, bleary, but satisfied look when they looked around.If you’re thinking of a drastic lifestyle change, ‘Off Grid Life’ will feed your fantasy (or kill it) | Tim Smith | October 30, 2020 | Washington Post
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.
Winston smiled, though there was a wistfulness in his eyes as he saw the faint bewilderment in his companions' faces.Winston of the Prairie | Harold Bindloss
For at least five minutes he stood without moving, his whole face softened into a boyish wistfulness.Cabin Fever | B. M. Bower
She rose at this, turning her eyes about the room as if from the extremity of martyrdom or the wistfulness of some deep thought.The Awkward Age | Henry James
She always suggested tea before the hour, and her friend always, but with so different a wistfulness, rang for it.The Awkward Age | Henry James
I was awake at once––wide awake for him: moved by the wistfulness of this appeal to some perception of his need.The Cruise of the Shining Light | Norman Duncan