Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A thoughtful or reflective state, especially if sad or melancholic.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The state of being pensive; serious thoughtfulness; seriousness.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state or character of being pensive; gloomy thoughtfulness; melancholy; seriousness from depressed spirits.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. persistent morbid meditation on a problem
  • n. deep serious thoughtfulness

Etymologies

pensive +‎ -ness (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The travellers remained, for some time, in a state of tranquil pensiveness, which is not unpleasing.

    The Mysteries of Udolpho

  • His feeling is so deep, and so unexaggerated, that it is a profoundly subtle interpreter of life to him, and the pensiveness which throws such a mellow sombreness upon his imagination is only the pensiveness which is the shadow of extreme beauty.

    Early Letters of George Wm. Curtis

  • "Probably," he mused, with that idle pensiveness which is the lazy man's apology to himself for not thinking, "the thing which would surprise them most would be to see how much they held in common.

    Flint His Faults, His Friendships and His Fortunes

  • Browne, or the acute sobriety of Shaftesbury, for any of that poetic pensiveness which is strong in Vauvenargues, and reaches tragic heights in Pascal. [

    Critical Miscellanies (Vol 2 of 3) Essay 1: Vauvenargues

  • But Powell's Claire has a screechy perkiness that becomes a little monotonous: A few more hints of ambivalence or pensiveness might go a long way toward fixing the production's tonal imbalance.

    1st Stage's 'Fuddy Meers': Long on laughs, short on meaning

  • I can't say exactly when his pensiveness and dry humor turned unresponsive, or his thoughtful reflection ceased to take concrete form in vibrant conversation and repartee.

    Susan J. Cobb: Remembering My Dad Before Alzheimer's

  • Directing the model was a lot like directing an actor, trying to get the right feeling of pensiveness.

    Archive 2010-04-01

  • When some of their eyes widened, Sabine realized her pensiveness had made the cell appear to be choked with mist.

    Kiss of a Demon King

  • Especially in the more beautiful songs, Mogwai sounded like nothing else — an assault not of anger but of somberness, their volume not driven by desperation but by pensiveness and melancholy.

    Buzzine » Mogwai

  • Fade to black as the instructor's jaw goes slack in an expression midway between terror and pensiveness.

    The Veteran

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