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It derives from a Greek word meaning "return home" and it denotes "sentimental yearning"; what word is it?

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Answer: nostalgia

The word nostalgia derives from the Greek nostos, return home; it denotes a "sentimental yearning for a period of the past."


And the algia bit means "pain' as in myalgia or notalgia (backache).
niels.hovmoller at &

Its a sentimental remembrance for an old wound. After time it loses its pain and the wisdom gained grants it meaning. Like people remembering the bad old day and recalling only the good times you could think they were good time, and not bad times punctuated by a few good moments.
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