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 […]
- Absent without leave
. Historical Examples The one is under arrest for drunkenness, and the other has been “absent without leave.” Diary of an Enlisted Man Lawrence Van Alstyne “She has no business to be absent without leave,” said Sabina. A Rock in the Baltic Robert Barr The Sergeant came back, looking woe-begone, and Lawrence was published on […]