Definition of repine in English:


Syllabification: re·pine
Pronunciation: /riˈpīn


[no object] literary
  • Feel or express discontent; fret: you mustn’t let yourself repine
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    • The Soviet government did not waste time repining over Daoud.
    • The objective may seem to some an unworthy one but it takes account of the realities without repining uselessly over them.
    • Then he is envious, covetous, jealous and mistrustful, timorous, sordid, outwardly dissembling, sluggish, suspicious, stubborn, a condemner of women, a close liar, malicious, murmuring, never contented, ever repining.


early 16th century: from re- 'again' + the verb pine2, on the pattern of repent.

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