Came from the slave days, and was considered a medical disease which needed curing if a slave was wanting to escape. So, metaphorically speaking, this word can be used as a noun if you feel trapped and ache for escape.
this is actually a Welsh word with no literal English translation. In school it was reserved only for poetic use
Stopping by Woods
“It's weird to feel like you miss someone you're not even sure you know.” ― David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest
Haha there is actually a word for this...i thought i was just crazy!
I guess that's it all summed up in one word...
Nepenthe /nɨˈpɛnθiː is a medicine for sorrow, literally an anti-depressant, a "drug of forgetfulness" mentioned in ancient Greek literature