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- v. Present participle of pine.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Languishing; drooping; wasting away, as with longing.
- adj. Wasting; consuming.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Punishment; torture.
- n. Suffering.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a feeling of deep longing
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Reading the log linked above, you see that the participants do have perspective on their reality, even if you think their pining is a little ren-faire cheesy.
There is no sense in pining away for what might have been, or resentment of what did happen, only to recognize the forces which were, and are at work in the regime which took power.
Ah, Chico, in pining for the pleasures and excitements which lie beyond these wires, take also into account the perils and hardships.
On top of that, participants reported feeling more yearning for their loved ones—a condition researchers called pining—than either anger or depression, perhaps the two cornerstone stages in the Kübler-Ross model.
There was no "pining" in Hetty's busy and sensible soul; but there had been planted in it a germ of new life, whose slow quickening and growth were perplexing and disturbing elements: not as yet did she recognize them; she only felt the disturbance, and its link with Dr. Eben was sufficiently clear to make her manner to him undergo an indefinable change.
She learned how Aunt Winnie was "pining" for her home and her boy; she read the letters, with their untold love and longing; she saw the look on the boyish face when Dan, too mindful of his promise to Father Mack to speak plainly, said he 'reckoned she wouldn't be here long if he didn't get her somehow _home_.'
She told of the attic home over the Mulligans 'for which Aunt Winnie was "pining," and of the dreams that Dan dreamed.
Her "pining" is represented most vividly about four minutes in.
John Mayer isn't wasting any time "pining" for Jennifer Aniston because he's already dating again, according to
Katie is said to be 'pining' for Peter at the luxury holiday home in the Conrad Rangali resort.