nostalgia

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n nostalgia longing for something past
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • nostalgia A sentimental yearning to return to an earlier time remembered as happier or more pleasant, or a former place evoking happy memories; a longing to experience again a former happy time; as, a nostalgia for the brotherhood of the Woodstock music festival; a nostalgia for the comradeship of one's college friends.
    • nostalgia (Med) Homesickness; esp., a severe and sometimes fatal form of melancholia, due to homesickness.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n nostalgia Morbid longing to return to one's home or native country; homesickness, especially in its severe forms, producing derangement of mental and physical functions.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Nostalgia nos-tal′ji-a home-sickness, esp. when morbid
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Quotations

  • Lou Reed
    Lou Reed
    “I don't like nostalgia unless it's mine.”
  • George W. Ball
    George W. Ball
    “Nostalgia is a seductive liar.”
  • Simone Signoret
    Simone Signoret
    “Nostalgia isn't what it used to be.”
  • Albert Camus
    Albert%20Camus
    “Every act of rebellion expresses a nostalgia for innocence and an appeal to the essence of being.”
  • The Lion
    The Lion
    “Nostalgia: When you find the present tense and past perfect.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL., fr. Gr. a return home + pain
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. nostos, a return, algos, pain.

Usage

In literature:

Bitter memories were reawakened, tinged by the years with nostalgia, and the stockade was far behind them before the dark mood left him.
"Space Prison" by Tom Godwin
It would give the people something to look forward to with anticipation and to look back upon with nostalgia.
"Anchorite" by Randall Garrett
That nostalgia of things new and glorious ached in her.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
But this period of smug selfcongratulation was soon succeeded by a strange nostalgia which took the form of romanticizing the lost land.
"Greener Than You Think" by Ward Moore
His trapped feeling increased, and nostalgia began to bore into him.
"The Planet Strappers" by Raymond Zinke Gallun
Like other maladies, nostalgia, when once set up, must run its course, I suppose.
"When Life Was Young" by C. A. Stephens
It was a real nostalgia from which he suffered.
"Sundry Accounts" by Irvin S. Cobb
He had brought back to her a sudden powerful nostalgia for the life she had once known.
"The Free Range" by Francis William Sullivan
The Psychology and Sociology of Homesickness and Nostalgia.
"Introduction to the Science of Sociology" by Robert E. Park
Ah, I shall go away and have the nostalgia of Rome to the end of my life.
"Olive in Italy" by Moray Dalton
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In poetry:

Ah! that yellow lamp,
the peace of the blind children,
the nostalgia of the widows,
the presence of the dead!
"The Street Is Waiting For The Night..." by Juan Ramon Jimenez
This is my nostalgia
That in each
One shines through me, now
It is night, and my life seems
A budding
Off of shades.
"Rivers" by Giuseppe Ungaretti
The tower bell in the Tenth Street Church
Rang out nostalgia for the refugee
Who knew the source of bells by sound.
We liked it, but in ignorance.
One meets authorities on bells infrequently.
"The Bell From Europe" by Weldon Kees
To die without leaving the sad remains of the flesh,
the bloodless wax mask,
surrounded by flowers,
which will rot - happy! - some day
soaked in tears
bloomed not as much of nostalgia, as of fear of death.
"The Absolute Dead" by Manuel Bandeira

In news:

There must be a sense of nostalgia, for sure.
Russian billionaire's nostalgia leads to Soviet-era art collection .
The August calendar will partner with nostalgia and make a strange duo of joy and sadness that will visit a lot of families.
KROQ's Almost Acoustic Christmas Is Awash in Nostalgia.
Let me add, as a nostalgia addict with a penchant for sniffing, that ain't easy.
98.1 KISS FM is The Bay 's Old School featuring Oldies/nostalgia radio live from Sanfrancisco, Ca at 981kissfm.com.
Nostalgia is an interesting thing.
A friend of mine mentioned the same sense of unwanted nostalgia when looking at Hearsay's food offerings, and I have to agree with him for the most part.
I've no issue with nostalgia, or collecting memorabilia to remind someone of days past.
This week's Battelle Film Club offering is the recent award-winning documentary from Chile titled Nostalgia for the Light.
Nostalgia is a crazy creature.
Venture into '70s nostalgia rolls along nicely, bypasses cliche .
Nostalgia plays a major roll in the collecting of dolls.
Red appears to be the most popular hue, with Kenmore, KitchenAid, Nostalgia, and Bella all offering toasters in that finish.
Ritzy's serving up diner fare with a side of nostalgia.
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In science:

Even as an undergraduate student, I recall (with some kind of nostalgia for those years) that I was lucky enough to read some great introductory books.
A Collection of Exercises in Two-Dimensional Physics, Part 1
At that time, I predict, we will look back to this one and recall with nostalgia how exciting it was to help write that story.
Building Galaxies: Conference Summary
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