contemplation Definition

  • 1the act of thinking deeply about something
  • 2the state of being lost in thought

Using contemplation: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "contemplation" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    She sat in quiet contemplation, staring out the window.

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    The painting invites contemplation and reflection.

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    The monk spent hours in contemplation and prayer.

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    The decision requires careful contemplation of all the options.

contemplation Synonyms and Antonyms

Idioms Using contemplation

  • something that provides material for thought or discussion


    The book offers plenty of food for contemplation on the nature of love and relationships.

  • completely absorbed in thought


    She was so lost in contemplation that she didn't even notice when I entered the room.

  • a topic or issue that requires careful consideration and reflection


    The ethical implications of the new technology are a matter for contemplation by experts in the field.

Phrases with contemplation

  • a state of intense and focused thinking


    He was lost in deep contemplation, trying to solve the complex problem.

  • the act of observing and reflecting on the natural world


    The artist found inspiration in the contemplation of nature.

  • the act of reflecting on one's own death and the meaning of life


    The philosopher spent his life in contemplation of mortality and the human condition.

Origins of contemplation

from Latin 'contemplatio', meaning 'act of looking at'


Summary: contemplation in Brief

Contemplation [ˌkɑːntəmˈpleɪʃn] refers to the act of deep thinking or reflection, often leading to a state of being lost in thought. It can be applied to various contexts, such as artistic appreciation, spiritual practice, or decision-making, as in 'The decision requires careful contemplation of all the options.' 'Contemplation' is also used in idioms like 'lost in contemplation,' indicating complete absorption in thought.

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