contemplation

noun
con·​tem·​pla·​tion | \ ˌkän-təm-ˈplā-shən How to pronounce contemplation (audio) , -ˌtem-\

Definition of contemplation

1a : concentration on spiritual things as a form of private devotion
b : a state of mystical awareness of God's being
2 : an act of considering with attention : study made the decision after much contemplation
3 : the act of regarding steadily was lost in quiet contemplation of the scene
4 : intention, expectation "A considerable crime is in contemplation."— Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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Synonyms for contemplation

Synonyms

meditation

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Examples of contemplation in a Sentence

contemplation of the meaning of life He goes to the forest to spend time in contemplation of nature. She was lost in quiet contemplation of the scene.
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There’s a reason Buddhist monks meditate on charnel grounds, and why Cicero said the contemplation of death was the beginning of philosophy. Parul Sehgal, New York Times, "What the Living Can Learn by Looking Death Straight in the Eye," 26 June 2018 While the rest of us focus on caffeine and contemplation for this bright and early Monday morning, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have jumped straight into royal duty, arriving at Canada House in London for their latest appearance. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle Wore a Very Kate Middleton-esque, Green Embellished Erdem Coat," 11 Mar. 2019 Human beings, however, add an element of thought and contemplation to most situations. John Smallwood, Philly.com, "What can be done to prevent child abuse in sports? Experts weigh in," 21 May 2018 On the day of my visit, the venue is bustling with empty-stomached patrons, some clad in suits, others in hoodies, surveying the scene in deep contemplation. Bethany Biron, Vox, "The food court’s younger, hipper cousin is a curated version of the mall staple.," 30 Oct. 2018 Inaction, the life of contemplation, may be equally necessary for transforming the rotten present. WSJ, "Who Read What in 2018: Fiction and Literature," 10 Dec. 2018 Who could begrudge him those last nine years of relative quiet and contemplation? Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Newly discovered letter by Galileo resolves puzzling historical mystery," 22 Sep. 2018 Leaving a museum often calls for a moment of contemplation. Nina Sovich, WSJ, "Europe in Winter: 35 Reasons to Visit Off-Season," 21 Nov. 2018 But don't worry, this month isn't all about thoughtful contemplation. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What July's Aries Horoscope Means for You," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of contemplation

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for contemplation

see contemplate

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The first known use of contemplation was in the 13th century

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contemplation

noun

English Language Learners Definition of contemplation

: the act of thinking deeply about something
: the act of looking carefully at something

contemplation

noun
con·​tem·​pla·​tion | \ ˌkän-təm-ˈplā-shən How to pronounce contemplation (audio) \

Kids Definition of contemplation

1 : the act of thinking about spiritual things : meditation
2 : the act of looking at or thinking about something for some time

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