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contemplation

[kon-tuh m-pley-shuh n, -tem-] /ˌkɒn təmˈpleɪ ʃən, -tɛm-/
noun
1.
the act of contemplating; thoughtful observation.
2.
full or deep consideration; reflection:
religious contemplation.
3.
purpose or intention.
4.
prospect or expectation.
Origin
1175-1225
1175-1225; < Latin contemplātiōn- (stem of contemplātiō); see contemplate, -ion; replacing Middle English contemplaci(o)un < Anglo-French < Latin, as above
Related forms
precontemplation, noun
recontemplation, noun
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Examples from the web for contemplation
  • The total amount of suffering per year in the natural world is beyond all decent contemplation.
  • Many of his poems are full of a slow, sad contemplation of life and a reflection of its brave futility.
  • Prayer is the contemplation of the facts of life from the highest point of view.
  • To the soul they give intelligence and that delectation that cometh of the contemplation of truth.
  • Gravely lyrical, the painting is among the truest representations of contemplation in art.
  • The sensation produced by music is that evoked by contemplation of the interplay of architectural forms.
  • The grove is in an area that provides an opportunity for contemplation.
  • Most likely between pre-contemplation and contemplation.
British Dictionary definitions for contemplation

contemplation

/ˌkɒntɛmˈpleɪʃən; -təm-/
noun
1.
thoughtful or long consideration or observation
2.
spiritual meditation esp (in Christian religious practice) concentration of the mind and soul upon God Compare meditation
3.
purpose or intention
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Word Origin and History for contemplation
n.

c.1200, "religious musing," from Old French contemplation or directly from Latin contemplationem (nominative contemplatio) "act of looking at," from contemplat-, past participle stem of contemplari "to gaze attentively, observe," originally "to mark out a space for observation" (as an augur does). From com-, intensive prefix (see com-), + templum "area for the taking of auguries" (see temple (n.1)).

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