hanker ˈhaŋ-kər verb
: desire strongly or persistently
The word hanker has appeared in five articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on Feb. 1 in “A Canadian Preacher Who Doesn’t Believe in God” by Catherine Porter:
The thrice-married reverend has also driven a deep rift into a progressive church considered as Canadian as maple syrup. In 2015, a public letter she wrote sparked so much ire, the local jurisdiction of the church launched a review committee to examine her beliefs.
… For years, Ms. Vosper seemed to hanker for a “heresy trial” in her op-eds, public statements and books. But the church, which has made “inclusivity” a core principle, would not be goaded, even after Ms. Vosper publicly announced she was an atheist in 2013.