e.g "What are you up to these days? What about your violin gig? Going good?" The question filled him with ___________. Since Laura passed away, his violin had been catching dust.

Here, central character is a violinist and used to love it and play at some point of time in past. But now since his wife is no more, he doesn't feel like playing. But the question reminds him of the times when he was in love with violin

I hope I am able to convey

  • Almost an exact duplicate: english.stackexchange.com/questions/417028/…
    – Hot Licks
    Nov 5, 2017 at 3:12
  • Similar, but no good answer. I would not close this one for that one.
    – Xanne
    Nov 5, 2017 at 3:44
  • "I hope I am able to convey" what? Nov 5, 2017 at 23:00
  • I don't understand how this is a Question for ELU, rather than a thesaurus or even a dictionary. Nov 10, 2017 at 19:18
  • Hey Robbie, Can you explain? I'll try to improve from next time
    – someday
    Nov 27, 2017 at 13:44

4 Answers 4


regret definition

a feeling of sadness, repentance, or disappointment over something that has happened or been done. "she expressed her regret at Virginia's death" synonyms: remorse, sorrow, contrition, contriteness, repentance, penitence, guilt, compunction, remorsefulness, ruefulne

"Regret" captures a bit of guilt as well as sorrow.

  • Yeah, regret comes close to what I have in mind, but not quite. Regret seems to have stronger connotation
    – someday
    Nov 5, 2017 at 16:10

You may use these words:

  • Remorse

  • Self-reproach

  • Compunction

They mean pang of conscience or deep regret for wrongs committed.


I think the question would have filled him with nostalgia.


Nostalgia is an affectionate feeling you have for the past, especially for a particularly happy time.

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    I feel nostalgia just covers the 'feel good' vibe about the past, but not the guilt for not doing it at present. May be 'a mix of nostalgia and guilt' covers it
    – someday
    Nov 5, 2017 at 3:31
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    @someday My first thought was chagrin but I changed my mind. I think there is a mixture of things going on, as you say. Maybe I will think of something better. Or maybe someone else will.
    – Nigel J
    Nov 5, 2017 at 3:34

When I think of nostalgia, it’s a positive feeling. Maybe ‘Nostalgic sorrow’? By using the word 'nostalgia,' you bring about thoughts of pleasant times past. By using 'sorrow' you're indicating a sadness that comes from remembering the fond memories.


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