Contemplation



[kon-tuh m-pley-shuh n, -tem-] /ˌkɒn təmˈpleɪ ʃən, -tɛm-/

noun
1.
the act of ; thoughtful observation.
2.
full or deep consideration; reflection:
religious contemplation.
3.
purpose or intention.
4.
prospect or expectation.
/ˌkɒntɛmˈpleɪʃən; -təm-/
noun
1.
thoughtful or long consideration or observation
2.
spiritual meditation esp (in Christian religious practice) concentration of the mind and soul upon God Compare meditation
3.
purpose or intention
n.

c.1200, “religious musing,” from Old French contemplation or directly from Latin contemplationem (nominative contemplatio) “act of looking at,” from contemplat-, past participle stem of contemplari “to gaze attentively, observe,” originally “to mark out a space for observation” (as an augur does). From com-, intensive prefix (see com-), + templum “area for the taking of auguries” (see temple (n.1)).

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