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[self-ab-sawrp-shuh n, -zawrp-, self-] /ˈsɛlf æbˈsɔrp ʃən, -ˈzɔrp-, ˌsɛlf-/
preoccupation with oneself or one's own affairs.
Origin of self-absorption
First recorded in 1860-65 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • It came with something of a shock to the woman's ears—she had forgotten him so completely in the self-absorption of her mood.

  • I have said that 'peace' is not apathy, that it is not indifference, that it is not self-absorption.

    Expositions of Holy Scripture Alexander Maclaren
  • He was English all over and all through; hypochondriacal, with a strong tendency to self-involution and self-absorption.

  • He could not talk, and yet was sufficiently spirited to prevent me from self-absorption.

    A Romantic Young Lady Robert Grant
  • She was certainly worth looking at as she sat there, relaxed and with eyes down, an air of self-absorption that was tantalizing.

    Nobody's Child Elizabeth Dejeans
British Dictionary definitions for self-absorption


preoccupation with oneself to the exclusion of others or the outside world
(physics) the process in which some of the radiation emitted by a material is absorbed by the material itself
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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