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From Old French contemplation, from Latin contemplatio.



contemplation (countable and uncountable, plural contemplations)

  1. The act of contemplating; musing; being highly concentrated in thought
    • 2019 August 3, Ian Johnson, “The Forbidden City Opens Wide as China Projects New Pride in Its Past”, in New York Times[1]:
      Now, 80 percent is accessible — quickly filling with exhibition spaces, stylish restaurants and cafes, bookstores, and highly profitable gift stores, as well as quiet walkways, shady stands of trees and odd nooks that invite contemplation of bygone dynasties.
    • 1836', Charles Dickens, The Pickwick Papers Chapter 22
      Mr. Pickwick congratulated the fortunate owner of the irresistible garments on their acquisition; and Mr. Peter Magnus remained a few moments apparently absorbed in contemplation.
  2. Holy meditation.
    • 1851, The Annual Monitor for 1851, A Sketch of the Life and Labours of Patrick, The Apostle of the Irish
      Whilst he roamed about with his flocks, through ice and snow, communion with his God in prayer, and quiet contemplation, were his portion.
  3. The act of looking forward to a future event


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contemplation f (plural contemplations)

  1. contemplation

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