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[self-ab-sawrp-shuh n, -zawrp-, self-] /ˈsɛlf æbˈsɔrp ʃən, -ˈzɔrp-, ˌsɛlf-/
preoccupation with oneself or one's own affairs.
Origin of self-absorption
1860-65 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Because of their self-absorption, it doesn't occur to them that there's a larger picture.
  • Teenagers who grow up with this chorus in their heads have a venue for self-absorption that their parents never imagined.
  • And it presented music of self-absorption, idealism and the urge to dance.
  • The gift of enchanting prose, it would seem, is no shield against self-absorption and mean-spiritedness.
  • And your self-absorption and tendency to see yourselves as martyrs are also not particularly attractive traits.
  • And yet many of these artists show all the signs of deep self-absorption.
  • It concentrates on ourselves-and self-absorption was our problem from the outset.
  • What saves him from self-absorption, aside from a natural curiosity, is a genuine lack of interest in personal reflection.
  • Subtle differences are noted in correction factors for self-absorption and sample preparation.
  • The combined crosstalk due to atomic effects and self-absorption should be studied.
British Dictionary definitions for self-absorption


preoccupation with oneself to the exclusion of others or the outside world
(physics) the process in which some of the radiation emitted by a material is absorbed by the material itself
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