meditation

[ med-i-tey-shuh n ]
/ ˌmɛd ɪˈteɪ ʃən /

noun

the act of meditating.
continued or extended thought; reflection; contemplation.
devout religious contemplation or spiritual introspection.

Nearby words

  1. medionecrosis,
  2. mediotarsal,
  3. mediotarsal amputation,
  4. medit.,
  5. meditate,
  6. meditative,
  7. mediterranean,
  8. mediterranean climate,
  9. mediterranean exanthematous fever,
  10. mediterranean fever

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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British Dictionary definitions for meditation

meditation

/ (ˌmɛdɪˈteɪʃən) /

noun

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

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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