from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of fretting or feeling discontent or of murmuring.
  • v. Present participle of repine.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Discontent; regret; complaint.


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  • God willing I will check this vain repining, "– she said, while the tears coursed one another down her cheeks in spite of her efforts; but she wiped them away, and resolutely shaking back her head, continued," I will exert myself and look out for a small house commodiously situated in some populous but healthy district, where we will take a few young ladies to board and educate – if we can get them – and as many day-pupils as will come, or as we can manage to instruct.

    Agnes Grey

  • Dame Mary Page was buried in 1728 under a massive marble chest, with a long and excruciating inscription recording her last illness: "In 67 months she was tapp'd 60 times, had taken away 240 gallons of water, without ever repining at her case or ever fearing the operation."

    Burial ground of Bunyan, Defoe and Blake earns protected status

  • When the mess becomes too much to tolerate for the repining Olivier and he bursts with frustration, veteran thespian Sybil Thorndike Judi Dench pops up like a daisy through mud to defend the woman with whom many have come to sympathize.

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  • Pianist Max Delmarc spends his life repining for a woman he never had the nerve to approach.

    A Window Onto Comic Tedium

  • I know it would be a finer lifestyle with other things under control, but until the inflammatory thingie is entirely sorted, it's no use repining.

    Even in a little thing

  • I began now to regret more bitterly than ever the having fooled away my family property, the care and improvement of which I saw might have afforded an agreeable employment for my leisure, which only went to brood on past misfortunes, and increase useless repining.

    Chronicles of the Canongate

  • But this adored object herself suffered some severe repining at her fate, when she saw, from her window, her lover gallop into the park without equipage, without domestics, and mounted on a hired horse.


  • Far from repining at this mixture of impertinence and carelessness,


  • They enjoyed, indeed, in common, that happy and often sole reward of learned labours, the privilege of snatching some care from time, some repining from misfortune, by seizing for themselves, and their own exclusive use, the whole monopoly of mind; but they employed it not to the same extension.


  • Indiana felt too much chagrined at her own part in this transaction, to give her attention to Camilla; she murmured without scruple at the deprivation of what she had once expected for herself, and at another time for her brother; and expressed much resentment at the behaviour of her uncle, mingled with something very near repining, not merely at his late preference of Camilla, but even at the recovery of the little Eugenia.



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