[ US /ˈwɪstfəɫnəs/ ]
[ UK /wˈɪstfə‍lnəs/ ]
  1. a sadly pensive longing
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How To Use wistfulness In A Sentence

  • A delicate wing, gauzy and transparent, spread in her hands, spanning her fingers, its lacy intricacy provoking a thoughtful quietness, a sad wistfulness.
  • And now here is a book which is mostly poetry, or at least a kind of elegiac wistfulness.
  • Suddenly the coyness was gone from her voice, replaced by genuine wistfulness.
  • Christian should reluctantly give up, one by one, the pleasures of the world; and look back upon them, when relinquished, with eyes of wistfulness and regret: because he knows not the sweetness of the delights with which true Christianity repays those trifling sacrifices, and is greatly unacquainted with the _nature_ of that pleasantness which is to be found in the ways of Religion. A Practical View of the Prevailing Religious System of Professed Christians, in the Middle and Higher Classes in this Country, Contrasted with Real Christianity.
  • His tone is full but flexible, sustained but lyrical, and he manages to impart a certain wistfulness to even the jolliest rondos, such as the E flat one that Flanders and Swann memorably set to words. Mozart: Horn Concertos Nos 1-4 – review
  • Hye-Youn Lee's Lisette scurried pertly, her sweet, clear soprano full of character and a good complement to the warmth and wistfulness of Kate Ladner's Magda – the swallow of the title, who flies from true love for guilty memory. Tosca; La rondine; Arensky Chamber Orchestra – review
  • And while he tried to stage a graceful exit from the presidential race, there remained an abiding sense of wistfulness.
  • And all the while the dog sat and watched him, a certain yearning wistfulness in its eyes, for it looked upon him as the fire-provider, and the fire was slow in coming. To Build A Fire
  • And now here is a book which is mostly poetry, or at least a kind of elegiac wistfulness.
  • As I contemplate the achievements of Hong Kong University, I am filled with deep admiration and also, it has to be admitted, with wistfulness.
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