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Hiraeth (pronounced [hiraɪ̯θ][1]) is a Welsh word for which there is no direct English translation. The online Welsh-English dictionary of the University of Wales, Lampeter likens it to homesickness tinged with grief or sadness over the lost or departed.[2] It is a mix of longing, yearning, nostalgia, wistfulness, or an earnest desire for the Wales of the past.[3]

Hiraeth bears considerable similarities with the Portuguese concept of saudade (a key theme in Fado music), Brazilian Portuguese banzo (more related to homesickness), Galician morriña, Romanian dor, Russian тоска (toska) and Ethiopian tizita.

Welsh-English / English-Welsh On-line Dictionary:

hiraeth 1. homesickness n.m.f. grief or sadness after the lost or departed n. (hiraethau) longing n.m. (hiraethau) yearning n.m. (hiraethau) nostalgia n.m. (hiraethau) wistfulness n.m. (hiraethau) earnest desire n.m. (hiraethau)
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