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con·tem·pla·tion

 (kŏn′təm-plā′shən)
n.
1. The act or state of contemplating.
2. Thoughtful observation or study.
3. Meditation on spiritual matters, especially as a form of devotion.
4. Intention or expectation: sought further information in contemplation of a career change.

contemplation

(ˌkɒntɛmˈpleɪʃən; -təm-)
n
1. thoughtful or long consideration or observation
2. (Ecclesiastical Terms) spiritual meditation, esp (in Christian religious practice) concentration of the mind and soul upon God. Compare meditation
3. purpose or intention

con•tem•pla•tion

(ˌkɒn təmˈpleɪ ʃən, -tɛm-)

n.
1. the act of contemplating; thoughtful observation.
2. full or deep consideration; meditation; reflection: religious contemplation.
3. purpose or intention.
4. prospect or expectation.
[1175–1225; Middle English < Anglo-French < Latin]
contemplate, contemplation - The base of contemplate and comtemplation is Latin templum, "open space for observation."
See also related terms for observation.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.contemplation - a long and thoughtful observationcontemplation - a long and thoughtful observation  
stare - a fixed look with eyes open wide
2.contemplation - a calm, lengthy, intent considerationcontemplation - a calm, lengthy, intent consideration
cogitation, study - attentive consideration and meditation; "after much cogitation he rejected the offer"
consideration - the process of giving careful thought to something
meditation, speculation - continuous and profound contemplation or musing on a subject or series of subjects of a deep or abstruse nature; "the habit of meditation is the basis for all real knowledge"
meditation - (religion) contemplation of spiritual matters (usually on religious or philosophical subjects)
introspection, self-contemplation, self-examination - the contemplation of your own thoughts and desires and conduct
retrospect - contemplation of things past; "in retrospect"

contemplation

noun
1. thought, consideration, reflection, musing, meditation, pondering, deliberation, reverie, rumination, cogitation The garden is a place of quiet contemplation.
2. observation, viewing, looking at, survey, examination, inspection, scrutiny, gazing at He was lost in contemplation of the landscape.

contemplation

noun
1. An act of directing the eyes on an object:
Translations
تَأمُّل، تَفْكير
uvažování
fordybelsemeditation
szemlélõdés
íhugun
düşünceye dalma

contemplation

[ˌkɒntemˈpleɪʃən] Ncontemplación f, meditación f

contemplation

[ˌkɒntəmˈpleɪʃən] n (= deep thought) → contemplation f

contemplation

n no pl
(= act of looking)Betrachtung f
(= act of thinking)Nachdenken nt (→ of über +acc); (= deep thought)Besinnung f, → Betrachtung f, → Kontemplation f (esp Rel); a life of contemplationein beschauliches or kontemplatives (esp Rel) → Leben; deep in contemplationin Gedanken versunken
(= expectation)Erwartung f

contemplation

[ˌkɒntɛmˈpleɪʃn] ncontemplazione f

contemplate

(ˈkontəmpleit) verb
1. to think seriously (about). I was contemplating (= feeling inclined towards) having a holiday; She contemplated her future gloomily.
2. to look thoughtfully at. The little boy stood contemplating himself in the mirror.
ˌcontemˈplation noun
contemplative (kənˈtemplətiv) , ((American) ˈkontəmpleitiv) adjective
conˈtemplatively adverb
References in classic literature ?
May the contemplation of so many wonders extinguish for ever the spirit of vengeance
Rich reliquary Of lofty contemplation left to Time By buried centuries of pomp and power
He advanced a few paces, and caught sight of the two screech owls, that is to say, Dom Claude and Master Jacques Charmolue, absorbed in contemplation before a carving on the façade.
With his hands joined upon his breast, his face turned towards the window, bathed by the fresh air of night, which brought upon its wings the aroma of the flowers and the woods, Athos entered, never again to come out of it, into the contemplation of that paradise which the living never see.
She had a way of turning them swiftly upon an object and holding them there as if lost in some inward maze of contemplation or thought.
Certainly, the contemplation of death, as the wages of sin, and passage to another world, is holy and religious; but the fear of it, as a tribute due unto nature, is weak.
Lieutenant Albert Werper, terrified by contemplation of the fate which might await him at Adis Abeba, cast about for some scheme of escape, but after the black Mugambi had eluded their vigilance the Abyssinians redoubled their precautions to prevent Werper following the lead of the Negro.
I had perpetually to guard against the wonder of contemplation into which my initiated view betrayed me; to check the irrelevant gaze and discouraged sigh in which I constantly both attacked and renounced the enigma of what such a little gentleman could have done that deserved a penalty.
They who well consider the history of similar divisions and confederacies will find abundant reason to apprehend that those in contemplation would in no other sense be neighbors than as they would be borderers; that they would neither love nor trust one another, but on the contrary would be a prey to discord, jealousy, and mutual injuries; in short, that they would place us exactly in the situations in which some nations doubtless wish to see us, viz.
I neglected my clients and my own business to give myself to the contemplation of the mysteries which I had once beheld, yet which I could impart to no one, and found daily more difficult to reproduce even before my own mental vision.
There will be nothing left but to bottle up your five senses and plunge into contemplation.
No other subject gave them half the satisfaction, or commanded half the attention; and but few scenes in my life remain so freshly on my memory, or are so pleasurably recalled to my contemplation, as these hours of intercourse with a distant and benighted race in the midst of the desert.