One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Preoccupation with one's own emotions, interests, or situation.
pensiveness, concentration, engrossment, absorption, musing, thinking, thinking of other things, deep thought, brown study, broodingView synonyms
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Therapism celebrates emotional self-absorption and the sharing of feelings.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The artist solemnly sends up the studied self-absorption and inherent self-delusion that seem to be characteristics of the masculine gender.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘In our collective frenzy of self-absorption, we forget the immense responsibility we accept when we choose to bring children into this world.’
- ‘That struggle illustrates how broad-based culture, popular and vulgar, is far from being a mere distraction or a source of self-absorption.’
- ‘‘Shyness is not the same as self-absorption,’ she says.’
- ‘The 1990s produced a president perfectly suited to the time - a time of domesticity, triviality and self-absorption.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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 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?’
- ‘Wolf's previous books were afflicted with their own share of self-absorption and ‘eclectic’ musings.’
- ‘This more conventional, male-dominated reading is nevertheless subverted by each woman's narcissistic self-absorption.’
- ‘His self-absorption has been a lapse not only of judgment but of human decency.’
- ‘Rather than educating youngsters to climb out of their caricatured adolescent self-absorption, we appear to be encouraging their preoccupation with ‘how I feel’.’
- ‘The most important is the myth of Narcissus, seen as the symbol of the youth's self-absorption.’
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.’
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