Definition of repine in English:



[NO OBJECT]literary
  • Feel or express discontent; fret.

    ‘you mustn't let yourself repine’
    • ‘A lonely widow repining for the past while enduring the boisterous attentions of her clumsy Irish housekeeper encounters a cripple collecting money for an invalid hospital.’
    • ‘The Soviet government did not waste time repining over Daoud.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The objective may seem to some an unworthy one but it takes account of the realities without repining uselessly over them.’
    • ‘The narrator related that he had learned ‘never to repine at my own misfortunes, or to envy the happiness of another, since it is impossible for any man to form right judgement of his neighbor's sufferings.’’
    fret, be unhappy, feel unhappy, mope, languish, eat one's heart out, be miserable, feel miserable, be upset, feel upset, be despondent, feel despondent, brood
    lament, grieve, mourn, sorrow, pine, agonize
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Early 16th century: from re- ‘again’ + the verb pine, on the pattern of repent.