A Word A Day : Nostalgia

Monday, 17th December 2007 : Today's Word is ...


( Noun )

Pronunciation : na stáljea

1. A bittersweet longing for things, persons, or situations of the past

2. a longing for home or family when away from either

3. longing for something past

4. a wistful or excessively sentimental sometimes abnormal yearning for return to or of some past period or irrecoverable condition


Late 18th century - modern Latin - homesickness - Greek nostos -homecoming - algos - pain


homesickness, reminiscence, wistfulness, longing, melancholy, loneliness, pining, regret, regretfulness, remorse, schmaltz, sentimentality, slop, slush, sob story, tear-jerker, wistfulness, yearning


Stoicalness, Happiness

Contextual Examples:

• He fretted, seized with nostalgia that flight only could cure.

• Accident has cast them amid certain surroundings, but they have always a nostalgia for a home they know not.

Related Words :

1. nostalgically: Adverb

2. nostalgic: Adjective

3. nostalgist: Noun

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