saudade
[ soh-dah-duh ]
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Origin + Etymology
1910–15; PortugueseFirst recorded in 1910–15; from Portuguese: literally, “yearning,” from Latin sōlitāt-, stem of sōlitās“loneliness, solitude”
Synonyms
  • longing
  • wistfulness
  • missingness
  • melancholy
  • nostalgia
Antonyms
  • cheerful
  • happy
  • euphoric
  • light
Definition
a deep emotional state of melancholic longing for a person or thing that is absent
Example
A) The sad music made her feel saudade, making her yearn for her loved one. B) He had never experienced saudade to this extent before, but the picture of her reminded him of his loss.
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