abstractedness

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n abstractedness preoccupation with something to the exclusion of all else
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Abstractedness The state of being abstracted; abstract character.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n abstractedness The state of being abstracted; abstractness: as, “the abstractedness of these speculations,” Hume, Human Understanding, § 1.
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Usage

In literature:

Abstractedness rode upon Cash's lined brow.
"Cabin Fever" by B. M. Bower
He talked about it, but in snatches, with intervals of abstractedness.
"Born in Exile" by George Gissing
The real charm of Contarini is in its abstractedness, and consists in being pleased and puzzled at the same moment.
"The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction" by Various
With her curious abstractedness she forgot me again immediately.
"Wintry Peacock" by D. H. Lawrence
But there remained an abstractedness about her which was hard to fathom.
"Thirty" by Howard Vincent O'Brien
Jem's quick retort, "No, it isn't, Ruth," brought her to a realization of her abstractedness, and she resolved to be more attentive.
"The Hazeley Family" by A. E. Johnson
And Carrington and Parsons, noting the girl's abstractedness, again left her to herself.
"The Ranchman" by Charles Alden Seltzer
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