What does contemplation mean?

Definitions for contemplation
ˌkɒn təmˈpleɪ ʃən, -tɛm-con·tem·pla·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. contemplationnoun

    a long and thoughtful observation

  2. contemplation, reflection, reflexion, rumination, musing, thoughtfulnessnoun

    a calm, lengthy, intent consideration

Wiktionary

  1. contemplationnoun

    The act of the mind in considering with attention; continued attention of the mind to a particular subject; meditation; musing; study.

  2. contemplationnoun

    Holy meditation.

  3. contemplationnoun

    The act of looking forward to an event as about to happen; expectation; the act of intending or purposing.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Contemplationnoun

    the act of the mind in considering with attention; continued attention of the mind to a particular subject; meditation; musing; study

    Etymology: [F. contemplation, L. contemplatio.]

  2. Contemplationnoun

    holy meditation

    Etymology: [F. contemplation, L. contemplatio.]

  3. Contemplationnoun

    the act of looking forward to an event as about to happen; expectation; the act of intending or purposing

    Etymology: [F. contemplation, L. contemplatio.]

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  1. Contemplation

    Contemplation means "to admire something and think about it." The word contemplation comes from the Latin word contemplatio. Its root is also that of the Latin word templum, a piece of ground consecrated for the taking of auspices, or a building for worship, derived either from Proto-Indo-European base *tem- "to cut", and so a "place reserved or cut out" or from the Proto-Indo-European base *temp- "to stretch", and thus referring to a cleared space in front of an altar. The Latin word contemplatio was used to translate the Greek word θεωρία. In a religious sense, contemplation is usually a type of prayer or meditation.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of contemplation in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of contemplation in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of contemplation in a Sentence

  1. Oscar Wilde:

    The fact is, that civilization requires slaves. The Greeks were quite right there. Unless there are slaves to do the ugly, horrible, uninteresting work, culture, and contemplation become almost impossible. Human slavery is wrong, insecure, and demoralizing. On mechanical slavery, on the slavery of the machine, the future of the world depends.

  2. Albert Einstein:

    The physicist cannot simply surrender to the philosopher the critical contemplation of the theoretical foundations for he himself knows best and feels most surely where the shoe pinches.... he must try to make clear in his own mind just how far the concepts which he uses are justified... The whole of science is nothing more than a refinement of everyday thinking.

  3. Prof.Salam Al Shereida:

    Contemplation in no way obliges us to understand.

  4. William Hazlitt:

    The contemplation of truth and beauty is the proper object for which we were created, which calls forth the most intense desires of the soul, and of which it never tires.

  5. William Shakespeare:

    I pray you bear me henceforth from the noise and rumour of the field, where I may think the remnant of my thoughts in peace, and part of this body and my soul with contemplation and devout desires.

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Translations for contemplation

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  • تفكُّرArabic
  • очакване, съзерцание, размишлениеBulgarian
  • meditace, rozjímáníCzech
  • KontemplationGerman
  • تفکرPersian
  • tutkiskelu, suunnittelu, mietiskelyFinnish
  • contemplationFrench
  • चिंतनHindi
  • ಚಿಂತನೆKannada
  • beschouwing, bespiegeling, overwegingDutch
  • kontemplacjaPolish
  • предвкушение, созерцание, раздумье, размышление, медитация, благочестивые размышленияRussian
  • sozercanjeSerbo-Croatian
  • غور کرنا۔Urdu
  • 沉思Chinese

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