absence of mind

absence of mind

- The failure to remember what one is doing.
See also related terms for remember.
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A something of languid indifference, or of that boasted absence of mind which Catherine had never heard of before, would occasionally come across her; but had nothing worse appeared, that might only have spread a new grace and inspired a warmer interest.
After he had done speaking, he still moved about, half in absence of mind, and Rosamond sat perfectly still.
Edward's embarrassment lasted some time, and it ended in an absence of mind still more settled.
Isaac could not find in his heart to part with it, so dropt it into his purse as if in absence of mind, with the words, ``Eighty completes the tale, and I trust thy master will reward thee handsomely.
Sapsea, in a grandiloquent state of absence of mind, seems to refill his visitor's glass, which is full already; and does really refill his own, which is empty.
It was the slightest action possible, not obtruded on his notice, and apparently the result of a moment's absence of mind, not worth remark.
A legend there is of somebody remarkable for absence of mind, who opened his eyes upon the day which was to give him a young wife, and forgetting all about the matter, rated his servants for providing him with such fine clothes as had been prepared for the festival.
A suspended interest and a prevalent absence of mind, were perhaps observed by the spies who looked in at the wine-shop, as they looked in at every place, high and low, from the kings palace to the criminal's gaol.
Poyser's men, there is that big Ben Tholoway, a very powerful thresher, but detected more than once in carrying away his master's corn in his pockets--an action which, as Ben was not a philosopher, could hardly be ascribed to absence of mind.
But even the forgetfulness of the Judge, which, under the influence of strong emotion, had banished the recollection of the wound of this stranger, seemed surpassed by the absence of mind in the youth himself.
Epanchin's, and have not made a little error through--well, absence of mind, which is very common to human beings; or, say--through a too luxuriant fancy?
Thus, Madam, you see the evil of absence of mind - of thinking too much while engaged in the common concerns of life.