Origin of preoccupation
Examples from the Web for self-preoccupation
Self-preoccupation is as fatal to the latter as to the former.Thoughts on religion at the front
Neville Stuart Talbot
- the state of being preoccupied, esp mentally
- something that holds the attention or preoccupies the mind
Word Origin and History for self-preoccupation
1550s, "state of occupying beforehand," from Latin praeoccupationem (nominative praeoccupatio) "a seizing beforehand, anticipation," noun of action from past participle stem of praeoccupare, from prae- "before" (see pre-) + occupare "seize" (see occupy). Meaning "mental absorption" is from 1854. Earlier its secondary sense was "bias, prejudice" (c.1600).