1
[ noun ] prolonged unfulfilled desire or need

Synonyms

longing

Used in print

(Joyce O. Hertzler, American Social Institutions;...)

The kind of religious experience that most moderns seek not_only provides , clarifies , and relates human yearnings , values , ideals , and purposes ; it also provides facilities and incitements for the development of personality , sociality , and creativeness .

(Bruce Palmer, "My Brother's Keeper", Many Are...)

Despite his yearning , the colonel would not go_down to see the men come_through the lines .

(Leo Lemon, "Catch Up With" and "Something to...)

Although the play does show a certain structural amateurishness ( there are eleven acts varying in length from twenty-five seconds to an hour and a half ) , the statement it makes concerning the ceaseless yearning and searching of youth is profound and worthy of our attention .

2
[ adjective ] full of longing or unfulfilled desire

Synonyms

wistful

Examples

"those wistful little ads that the lovelorn place in the classifieds"

Related terms

sad

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