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Definition of "reverie" []

  • A state of abstracted musing; daydreaming. (noun)
  • A daydream: "I felt caught up in a reverie of years long past” ( William Styron). (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "reverie" in a sentence
  • "The bower becomes significant, then, as the externalization of this internal, unreachable environment where any kind of reverie is possible; for Kitty, under constant surveillance, the bower represents a winsome retreat that "possessed such a charm over her senses, as constantly to tranquillize her mind and quiet her spirits," a place which she believed "alone could restore her to herself" (193)."
  • "He takes refuge in reverie, even turning to his dead mother (Sophia Loren) and influential memories from his youth."
  • "The inheritance spent, the painters indulge in reverie, romanticizing the past, retreating into what Jung would call the collective unconscious."