[self-ab-sawrp-shuh n, -zawrp-, self-]


preoccupation with oneself or one's own affairs.

Origin of self-absorption

First recorded in 1860–65 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for self-absorption

Contemporary Examples of self-absorption

Historical Examples of self-absorption

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

  • It was but the consequence of that self-absorption which the habit of revery had fostered.

    A Strange Story, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

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

  • "No," Adriance aroused himself from self-absorption to forbid the upheaval.

    A Man's Hearth

    Eleanor M. Ingram

  • He scorned Alicia's self-absorption, but lacked the strength to go away.

    The Enemies of Women

    Vicente Blasco Ibez

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
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