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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR WISTFULNESS

There was a new atmosphere of wistfulness about the girl that made his heart ache.

There was a wistfulness about Tillie's mouth that set him wondering.

There had been a wistfulness, so rarely in Martin's voice, that Rose had detected it instantly.

A new wistfulness was in her face, but it was not the wistfulness of hunger.

Vere smiled as she listened, but there was a wistfulness in her heart.

The wistfulness left her eyes, and she smiled mischievously.

He shook his head, and his face grew overcast and softened by wistfulness.

Then he added, with a sort of wistfulness: "But Indian would leave pale-face——"

She turned from his gaze, but not before he had seen the wistfulness his speech had evoked.

When she looked again, his face had lost that smile for a kind of wistfulness.

WORD ORIGIN

1610s, "closely attentive," from obsolete wist "intent" (c.1500), of uncertain origin. Perhaps formed on the model of wishful. The meaning of "yearningly eager" is first recorded 1714. Related: Wistfully; wistfulness.

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