Simply put, this word encompasses what it is to experience the presence of absence. Saudade is a Portuguese word referring to melancholic longing or nostalgia for a person, place, or thing that has been lost. This word also describes a lingering and deep yearning for times gone by, feelings of incompleteness, and feelings of loss. It often carries an assurance that this thing for which you feel nostalgic might never return to you.
The sense of longing that this word represents is a commonly used theme in Portuguese literature and music. Saudade is ultimately derived from the Latin solitās, solitātem, meaning “solitude”.
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