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meditation

[med-i-tey-shuh n]
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noun
  1. the act of meditating.
  2. continued or extended thought; reflection; contemplation.
  3. transcendental meditation.
  4. devout religious contemplation or spiritual introspection.
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Origin of meditation

1175–1225; < Latin meditātiōn- (stem of meditātiō) a thinking over (see meditate, -ion); replacing Middle English meditacioun < Anglo-French < Latin, as above
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Related Words

introspectionruminationreflectionself-examinationconcentrationpondering

Examples from the Web for meditation

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  • Her eyes were downcast--looking upon the waxed floor as if in meditation.

    In the Valley

    Harold Frederic

  • She ate her dinner slowly, with meditation and a thankful heart.

    Tiverton Tales

    Alice Brown

  • It was to me a soothing and a gratifying scene of meditation.

  • For a moment he seemed lost in meditation, and then at last spoke slowly.

    Cleo The Magnificent

    Louis Zangwill

  • She sank back to her chair, folded her hands in her lap and fell into meditation.

    The Strolling Saint

    Raphael Sabatini


British Dictionary definitions for meditation

meditation

noun
  1. the act of meditating; contemplation; reflection
  2. contemplation of spiritual matters, esp as a religious practice
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Word Origin and History for meditation

n.

c.1200, "contemplation; devout preoccupation; devotions, prayer," from Old French meditacion "thought, reflection, study," and directly from Latin meditationem (nominative meditatio) "a thinking over, meditation," noun of action from past participle stem of meditari "to meditate, think over, reflect, consider," frequentative form from PIE root *med- "to measure, limit, consider, advise, take appropriate measures" (cf. Greek medesthai "think about," medon "ruler;" Latin modus "measure, manner," modestus "moderate," modernus "modern," mederi "to heal," medicus "physician;" Sanskrit midiur "I judge, estimate;" Welsh meddwl "mind, thinking;" Gothic miton, Old English metan "to measure;" also see medical).

Meaning "discourse on a subject" is early 14c.; meaning "act of meditating, continuous calm thought upon some subject" is from late 14c. The Latin verb also had stronger senses: "plan, devise, practice, rehearse, study."

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