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v. con·tem·plat·ed, con·tem·plat·ing, con·tem·plates
1. To look at attentively and thoughtfully: "He stood at the hall closet, contemplating his hats" (E. Annie Proulx).
2. To consider carefully and at length; meditate on or ponder: contemplated the problem from all sides; contemplated the mysteries of the atom.
3. To have in mind as an intention or possibility: contemplate marriage; forced by the accident to contemplate retirement.
To ponder; meditate.

[Latin contemplārī, contemplāt- : com-, intensive pref.; see com- + templum, space for observing auguries; see tem- in Indo-European roots.]

con′tem·pla′tor n.
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The written text is a meditative instrument that finally, as contemplator and contemplated merge, confounds one into a profound relationship with the Divine.
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The distinction between subject and object no longer exists in the contemplator and s/he no longer suffers.
Theory is thus detached from the place of happiness occupied by a leisurely contemplator (what Blumenberg calls "bliss") and becomes instead a mode of effort and concern for oneself aiming at security.
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It ennobles neither the sufferer nor the contemplator.
Whether it is read by my contemporaries or by posterity matters not: let it await a reader for a hundred years, as God Himself has been ready for a contemplator for six thousand years
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Rousseau shows us the aesthetic subject not as producer but as one now contemplator, having been artist.
Baudelaire described Woman as "a divinity, a star, which presides at all the conceptions of the brain of man; a glittering conglomeration of all the graces of Nature, condensed into a single being; the object of the keenest admiration and curiosity that the picture of life can offer its contemplator.
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