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
• 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.
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