One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Failure to concentrate on or remember what one is doing.‘his reply conveyed his absence of mind’
pensiveness, concentration, engrossment, absorption, self-absorption, musing, thinking, thinking of other things, deep thought, brown study, broodingView synonyms
- ‘The Victorian historian J.R. Seeley famously joked that the British had ‘conquered and peopled half the world in a fit of absence of mind.’’
- ‘The idea that competent writers produce first-rate verse in a fit of absence of mind, not knowing it to be good, is altogether too absurd to be considered.’
- ‘But I have nevertheless gone straight to the bathroom, not in unfreedom of will but in ridiculous absence of mind.’
- ‘As a professed historian, he exhibits an inexcusable absence of mind.’
- ‘I can't believe I actually had the absence of mind to even start caring for you, because look where it got me.’
- ‘The American empire did not develop, as has been said of its British predecessor, in a fit of absence of mind.’
- ‘The separation of company and government was more apparent than real throughout this period, but if the empire was not won in a fit of absence of mind, it certainly did not grow according to any grand design.’
- ‘While there were periods of indecision in the conquest of this corner of the Empire, there was no absence of mind.’
- ‘By all accounts he was a good lecturer, although better in his younger days than towards the end of his life, when his absence of mind made him the victim of practical jokes.’
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