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Words related to wistfulness

a sadly pensive longing

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It still regarded them with the merciless wistfulness of hunger.
He kept on looking out past me with fiery, longing eyes, with a mingled expression of wistfulness and hate.
continued the trapper, looking up into the eyes of his companion, with a wistfulness that bespoke the delight he received in listening to the praises of one, whom it was so very evident, he had once tenderly loved.
Just now some secret sorrow seemed to be troubling her, for on her forehead were wrinkles and in her eyes a look of wistfulness.
She was always the same--sweet and kind and helpful--but always there was about her manner and her expression just a trace of wistfulness, and often she sat and looked at the man when he did not know it, her brows puckered in thought as though she were trying to fathom and to understand him.
It never occurred to Tom, when Maud sat watching him with her face full of wistfulness, that she wanted to be petted as much as ever he did in his neglected boyhood, or that when he called her "Pug" before people, her little feelings were as deeply wounded as his used to be, when the boys called him "Carrots.
At the mention of Samuel I could have sworn to a strange light in her eyes, and it seemed to me, as by some telepathic flash, that I divined in her a tremendous wistfulness, an immense yearning.
A sharp moon was fighting with the flying rags and tatters of a storm, and Valentin regarded it with a wistfulness unusual in such scientific natures as his.
There is a wistfulness where you imagine, 'Wouldn't it be nice to come home to a house where there's someone who loves me and has my best interests at heart?
There is a wistfulness where you imagine 'Wouldn't it be nice to come home to a house where there's someone who loves me and has my best interests at heart?
Lorenz Martinez is once again in stellar form, his Tito possessing both the hilarity and wistfulness of a male Norma Desmond.
Almaric talks about it with a regretful wistfulness, while Yse says she loves her husband.
She is the vision of The Marschallin, Princess of Wardenberg, played by soprano Rebecca Evans who contemplates what she will become with anxiety and wistfulness.
Chat with any car designer today, and there's a wistfulness, maybe a touch of envy, for the unencumbered design climates of decades past.
With a complement of just 17 (no large-orchestra bloat here) we heard playing that ranged from bustling vibrancy and grainy substance to perfectly drawn and deliciously sweet wistfulness.