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Toska

WordmeaningToska is a Russian word used to express the broad spectrum of absolute spiritual distress. Russian-American author Vladmir Nabokov best defined the word as being from the lowest level, Toska represents a restlessness of the soul due to weariness, dissatisfaction, or boredom. In the mid-range level, it represents a dull soul ache or longing for nothing tangible, a yearning for meaning in a vapid nothingness, or pining for something uncertain. At it’s deepest level, it represents a deep, painful torment of the soul of a nonspecific, unidentifiable cause.