reminiscence


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rem·i·nis·cence

 (rĕm′ə-nĭs′əns)
n.
1. The act or process of recollecting past experiences or events.
2. An experience or event recollected: "Her mind seemed wholly taken up with reminiscences of past gaiety" (Charlotte Brontë).
3. often reminiscences A narration of past experiences.
4. An event that brings to mind a similar, former event.
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reminiscence

(ˌrɛmɪˈnɪsəns)
n
1. the act of recalling or narrating past experiences
2. (often plural) some past experience, event, etc, that is recalled or narrated; anecdote
3. an event, phenomenon, or experience that reminds one of something else
4. (Philosophy) (in the philosophy of Plato) the doctrine that perception and recognition of particulars is possible because the mind has seen the universal forms of all things in a previous disembodied existence
5. (Psychology) psychol the ability to perform a task better when tested some time after the task has been learnt than when tested immediately after learning it
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rem•i•nis•cence

(ˌrɛm əˈnɪs əns)

n.
1. the act or process of recalling the past.
2. a mental impression retained and revived.
3. Often, reminiscences. a recollection narrated.
4. something that recalls something else.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.reminiscence - a mental impression retained and recalled from the past
memory - something that is remembered; "search as he would, the memory was lost"
2.reminiscence - the process of remembering (especially the process of recovering information by mental effort); "he has total recall of the episode"
remembering, memory - the cognitive processes whereby past experience is remembered; "he can do it from memory"; "he enjoyed remembering his father"
mind - recall or remembrance; "it came to mind"
reconstructive memory, reconstruction - recall that is hypothesized to work by storing abstract features which are then used to construct the memory during recall
reproductive memory, reproduction - recall that is hypothesized to work by storing the original stimulus input and reproducing it during recall
regurgitation - recall after rote memorization; "he complained that school was just memorization and regurgitation"
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reminiscence

noun
1. An act or instance of remembering:
2. The power of retaining and recalling past experience:
3. A narrative of experiences undergone by the writer.Often used in plural:
commentary (often used in plural), memoir.
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Translations

reminiscence

[ˌremɪˈnɪsəns] N (= act) → reminiscencia f; (= individual recollection) → recuerdo m
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reminiscence

n (= action)Zurückgehen nt(of zu); (= thought)Reminiszenz f, → Erinnerung f (→ of an +acc)
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reminiscence

[ˌrɛmɪˈnɪsns] n (usu pl) → reminiscenza
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References in classic literature ?
Hock is full of fancy, and all wines are by their very nature full of reminiscence, the golden tears and red blood of summers that are gone.
The main character of the Dialogue is Socrates; but to the 'general definitions' of Socrates is added the Platonic doctrine of reminiscence. The problems of virtue and knowledge have been discussed in the Lysis, Laches, Charmides, and Protagoras; the puzzle about knowing and learning has already appeared in the Euthydemus.
Ford is, Captain Jim?" asked Anne, seeing that Captain Jim's fountain of reminiscence had run out for the present.
He talked to me of London in a tone of half-painful reminiscence, asking all kinds of questions about changes that had taken place.
The notion had no ground in sense; it was probably no more than a reminiscence of similar calamities in childhood, for his father's room had always been the chamber of inquisition and the scene of punishment; but it stuck so rigorously in his mind that he must instantly approach the door and prove its untruth.
Every man has reminiscences which he would not tell to everyone, but only to his friends.
But it is to be doubted whether any one liked reading them so much as he liked writing them--say, some time in the years 1893 and 1894, in a New York flat, where he could look from his lofty windows over two miles and a half of woodland in Central Park, and halloo his fancy wherever he chose in that faery realm of books which he re-entered in reminiscences perhaps too fond at times, and perhaps always too eager for the reader's following.
He was going on with some wild reminiscences about his tomahawk-pipe, which, it seemed, had in its two uses both brained his foes and soothed his soul, when we were directly attracted to the sleeping rigger.
But, long afterwards, when she has been more years a widow than a wife, that smile recurs, and flickers across all her reminiscences of Wakefield's visage.
Always in my reminiscences I find something which is inexplicable, yet strongly attractive-so much so that for hours together I remain insensible to my surroundings, oblivious of reality.
Cotton Mather had several conversations with me, and derived great benefit from my historical reminiscences. In the days of the Stamp Act I whispered in the ear of Hutchinson, bidding him to remember what stock his countrymen were descended of, and to think whether the spirit of their forefathers had utterly departed from them.
There were, no doubt, mingled with these reflections, the keenest reminiscences of home and distant friends.