Definition of self-absorption in US English:



  • 1Preoccupation with one's own emotions, interests, or situation.

    • ‘However impressive its achievements, he writes, American social inequality and political paralysis, self-absorption and megalomania, are traits that make him glad to belong to another culture.’
    • ‘Perusing the liberal press, I am struck by the mixture of utter confusion, self-absorption, cynicism and sheer ignorance which characterizes the commentary on the war in Afghanistan.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, boomer self-absorption is finally generating a little movement on the Social Security front, where the need for reform has been clear for 20 years now.’
    • ‘The most important is the myth of Narcissus, seen as the symbol of the youth's self-absorption.’
    • ‘The yogi contemplating his navel often figures for Westerners as an object of amusement, being taken as a symptom of indolence or narcissistic self-absorption.’
    • ‘The 1990s produced a president perfectly suited to the time - a time of domesticity, triviality and self-absorption.’
    • ‘The artist solemnly sends up the studied self-absorption and inherent self-delusion that seem to be characteristics of the masculine gender.’
    • ‘Rather than educating youngsters to climb out of their caricatured adolescent self-absorption, we appear to be encouraging their preoccupation with ‘how I feel’.’
    • ‘That struggle illustrates how broad-based culture, popular and vulgar, is far from being a mere distraction or a source of self-absorption.’
    • ‘Therapism celebrates emotional self-absorption and the sharing of feelings.’
    • ‘Wolf's previous books were afflicted with their own share of self-absorption and ‘eclectic’ musings.’
    • ‘With or without leadership contests, the conference season brings out the narcissism and self-absorption of politicians to a degree the public can only find repellent.’
    • ‘We are becoming a crazed culture of cheap criticism and pious moralizing, and in our self-absorption may well lose what we inherited from a better generation.’
    • ‘His self-absorption has been a lapse not only of judgment but of human decency.’
    • ‘Making his way from a working class background to minor celebrity and seeming suburban bliss, he was eventually, irrevocably entangled in his own desire, his self-absorption and self-delusion.’
    • ‘This more conventional, male-dominated reading is nevertheless subverted by each woman's narcissistic self-absorption.’
    • ‘‘Shyness is not the same as self-absorption,’ she says.’
    • ‘The Church has lost a sense of mission, turning inwards in self-absorption, anxious to protect itself, forgetting that it is no more than a means to an end, the end being the Kingdom of God.’
    • ‘We must ask ourselves what purpose the sacrifices of so many on our behalf served - did they die in futility so that we could wallow in our life-repudiating self-absorption?’
    • ‘In our collective frenzy of self-absorption, we forget the immense responsibility we accept when we choose to bring children into this world.’
    pensiveness, concentration, engrossment, absorption, musing, thinking, thinking of other things, deep thought, brown study, brooding
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  • 2Physics
    The absorption by a body of radiation which it has itself emitted.

    • ‘The absorbance was always kept below 0.05 to avoid self-absorption of the fluorescence.’



/ˈˌself əbˈzôrpSHən//ˈˌsɛlf əbˈzɔrpʃən/