absence makes the heart grow fonder
Persons, places, or things become dearer to us when they are absent.
Separation intensifies love, as in After a year in another country she accepted his proposal, so I guess absence makes the heart grow fonder , or, used ironically, The boss leaves earlier every day; oh well, absence makes the heart grow fonder . Although versions of this saying date from Roman times, it only became popular after Thomas Haynes Bayly used it as the last line of a song in The Isle of Beauty (1850). The opposite sentiment is expressed by familiarity breeds contempt
- Absence seizure
petit mal. absence seizure n. A brief, sudden loss of consciousness symptomatic of petit mal epilepsy.
state of being away or not being present: I acted as supervisor in his absence. Your absence was noted on the records. period of being away: an absence of several weeks. failure to attend or appear when expected. lack; deficiency: the absence of proof. inattentiveness; preoccupation; absent-mindedness: absence of mind. Contemporary Examples He avoids confrontation […]
not in a certain place at a given time; away, missing (opposed to ): absent from class. lacking; nonexistent: Revenge is absent from his mind. not attentive; preoccupied; absent-minded: an absent look on his face. to take or keep (oneself) away: to absent oneself from a meeting. in the of; without: Absent some catastrophe, stock-market […]
so lost in thought that one does not realize what one is doing, what is happening, etc.; preoccupied to the extent of being unaware of one’s immediate surroundings. Contemporary Examples The boy genius Geithner turned into an absent-minded professor when he filled in his tax returns. Obama’s Strange Obsession Tina Brown February 8, 2009 A […]