American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To be discontented or low in spirits; complain or fret.
- v. To yearn after something: Immigrants who repined for their homeland.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To be fretfully discontented; be unhappy and indulge in complaint; murmur: often with at or against.
- To fail; give way.
- n. A repining.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. obsolete To fail; to wane.
- v. To continue pining; to feel inward discontent which preys on the spirits; to indulge in envy or complaint; to murmur.
- n. obsolete Vexation; mortification.
- v. express discontent
- Believed to have been formed (with uncertainty, due to the unusual formation) as re- + pine, with the verb (first attested in 1529) giving rise to the noun (first attested in 1593); compare the Middle English verb repinen, which may be related. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English repinen, to be aggrieved : re-, re- + pinen, to yearn; see pine2. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“For the young men, that were most able and fit for labor and service, did repine that they should spend their time and strength to work for other men's wives and children without any recompense.”
“This shows that just as locative repine and inessive repinθi are forms of *repin, so too are locative haθe and haθrθi forms of *hanθ cf. hanθin.”
“Luckily for me, the entire phrase is also found in another case, the simple locative: haθe-c repine-c in LL 9.xii also hante-c repine-c in LL 3.xxiv.”
“But actually it's nothing but whining of spoilt fans, provided with the greatest stuff in the universe and being so satisfied that they look for anything to repine againts.”
“I repine not at the lot which Providence has assigned me?”
“My comforters cannot bring me to repine much on this subject.”
“In fact, Rene was a prince of very moderate parts, endowed with a love of the fine arts, which he craved to extremity, and a degree of good humor, which never permitted him to repine at fortune, but rendered its possessor happy, when a prince of keener feelings would have died of despair.”
“Indeed, Sir, – and pray believe me, I do not mean to repine I have not the beauty of Indiana; I know and have always heard her loveliness is beyond all comparison.”
“And though his income, as you know, was so small, he never ran in debt, and by an exact but open oeconomy, escaped all imputation of meanness: while by forbearing either to conceal, or repine at his limited fortune, he blunted even the raillery of the dissipated, by frankly and good humouredly meeting it half way.”
“Do not teach me to repine, my dear Camilla, that I have no more!”
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