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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n homesickness a longing to return home
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n homesickness A depressed state of mind in persons away from home; nostalgia. It is characterized by an intense longing for home and the society of absent friends; it may also involve profound interference with nutrition, and give rise to further mental disturbance marked by delirium, incoherence, hallucination, or suicidal attempts. Generally the word signifies only a temporary or occasional depression of spirits from a longing for the renewal of former associations, actual or severe illness from this cause being rare.
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  • Edgar Watson Howe
    “The worst feeling in the world is the homesickness that comes over a man occasionally when he is at home.”
  • Robert Frost
    “A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness. It finds the thought and the thought finds the words.”


In literature:

But after the early homesickness wore off, a great attachment for England took its place.
"Benjamin Franklin" by John Torrey Morse, Jr.
Now the first excitement of her arrival and unpacking was over, she had relapsed into a piteous fit of homesickness.
"The Princess of the School" by Angela Brazil
Of course he thought, with a little homesickness, of the home dinner-table.
"Crowded Out o' Crofield" by William O. Stoddard
I suppose she is homesick.
"Mary Rose of Mifflin" by Frances R. Sterrett
She was very young when her baby came and she used to get wildly homesick.
"Old Rail Fence Corners" by Various
An unutterable homesickness overwhelms him.
"Oswald Langdon" by Carson Jay Lee
And the girl sat there wondering vaguely why she was not homesick.
"Peak and Prairie" by Anna Fuller
It's pretty early to be homesick, old boy.
"The Forbidden Trail" by Honoré Willsie
Watching it she forgot, for the moment, her anxiety and mounting homesickness.
"The Adventures of Maya the Bee" by Waldemar Bonsels
Give a friendly pat to one of the big trees for me and say you found a girl in New York who is homesick.
"Joan of Arc of the North Woods" by Holman Day
And if you get homesick you come right home.
"Patchwork" by Anna Balmer Myers
I think it is partly because Graeme is homesick.
"Janet's Love and Service" by Margaret M Robertson
Oh, dear, I'm so homesick.
"Marjorie Dean High School Freshman" by Pauline Lester
She said she was homesick.
"The Opened Shutters" by Clara Louise Burnham
At Omaha the guards from the western division relieved their homesick eastern brothers.
"Lady Luck" by Hugh Wiley
After all, it was very sweet, this foolishness of these Southern people, and it somehow made her homesick.
"The Clansman" by Thomas Dixon
I was homesick for the mountains in a month.
"Cavanaugh: Forest Ranger" by Hamlin Garland
Are you always so homesick when you go away?
"The Quality of Mercy" by W. D. Howells
I got homesick and went back, but the next time I left, I left for fair.
"Money Magic" by Hamlin Garland
HOMESICK and weary she wandered about in a strange city, knowing not even the language.
"Futurist Stories" by Margery Verner Reed

In poetry:

And then I thinks a cove like me
Ain't got no right to roam;
For I'm homesick when I puts to sea
And seasick when I'm home.
"Meditations Of A Mariner" by Wallace Irwin
Perhaps the leaves ancestral shiver
In unappeased parting pain,
The branch conceals a homesick longing
For desert wilderness again?
"The Palm Branch Of Palestine" by Mikhail Yuryevich Lermontov
Homesick for our cinder world,
Her low-born shoulders shiver;
She longs for sleep in cinders curled—
We, for the day-dream river.
"Parvenu" by Vachel Lindsay
Homesick for hills that I had known,
For brooks that I had crossed,
Before I met this flesh and bone
And followed and was lost. . . .
"Hills Of Home" by Witter Bynner
Happy days long dead
Clear I saw once more.
Childhood that is fled:-
Rossall on the shore,
Where the sea sobs wild
Like a homesick child.
"Cricket: The Catch" by Frank W Harvey
O homesick Karen, listen to me:
You are not young and you are not fair,
But Waldemar no one else can see,
For he carries your image everywhere.
"Karen" by Celia Laighton Thaxter

In news:

Whenever I wax homesick for La-la Land, I need only stop by Scottsdale's James Hotel for a fix of that über-modern, über-sophisticated vibe that the City of Angels has in great store.
Street Food for the Homesick Boricua.
Seattle Children's Hospital creates "Cat Immersion Project" for homesick cancer patient.
A homesick Alaska cartoonist spends a year in Maine.
BAXTER'S ATTIC Atlanta Rhythm Section " Homesick ".
Grizzlies' Darko Milicic admits he's homesick .
Top lineman ' homesick, ' leaves team.
Three accomplished guitarists and songwriters join forces on Homesick for the Road (Telarc 83454.
Homesick, And Bitter And Proud.
Subterranean Homesick Jews live In Darkness.
It somehow let me hang on through the ringing in my ears, nausea and fast heartbeat the homesickness seemed to wash over my body.
Of course, there are people who mentally repeat "I'm half a world away from home," and they probably make themselves more homesick doing that.
Despite this material success — Jamgotchian lives in one of Tampa's nicer neighborhoods and rives around in a 1956 Citroen Traction Avant — he says he's completely and utterly homesick .
"If I head back, after a couple weeks, I'd be homesick for America," he said.
Khadija Noor, 13, was initially homesick when she went to summer camp.