Word Of The Day 5-13-2017

Hiraeth

noun


Definition

  1. homesickness for a home to which you cannot return, a home which maybe never was; the nostalgia, the yearning, the grief for the lost places of your past.
  2. longing for one’s homeland, but not mere homesickness. It’s an expression of the bond one feels with one’s home country when one is away from it.

Examples

As soon as I step over the border into Wales my hiraeth evaporates. I am home.

“I, too, know what hiraeth means. To me, it is a longing for a feeling that may not truly exist, a misty blend of nostalgia and dream, and for a place that invokes this elusive feeling.”
Steve, Ohio, USA.


Did You Know?

Hiraeth is a difficult word to translate precisely. It, the Cornish hireth and the Breton hiraezh are said to be the only exact equivalents of the Portuguese saudade


Origin

From Proto-Celtic *sīr-axto-, akin to Gaulish siraxta (longing).


https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/hiraeth

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=hiraeth

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hiraeth

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