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Saturday, November 22, 2003

Definitions for repine

  1. To feel or express discontent.
  2. To long for something.

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Citations for repine
Even Hancock, though he might regret the source of this sudden wealth, could not repine at its consequences. David Nokes, Jane Austen: A Life
Deserted at birth by his natural father, sentenced at the age of 11 to Colored Waif's Home in New Orleans, Armstrong did not repine; instead, he returned love for hatred and sought salvation through work. Terry Teachout, New York Times
Origin of repine
Repine is re- (from the Latin) + pine, from Old English pinian, "to torment," ultimately from Latin poena, "penalty, punishment."