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wistful

view main entry for wistfuladjective  /ˈwɪstfəl/
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wistfully

adverb

wistfulness

noun [uncountable]
wistfulness noun [uncountable]Sadness and unhappiness: sadness, depression, grief, misery, regret, sorrow, remorse, distress, disappointment, desolation

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