the act or power of recollecting, or recalling to mind; remembrance.
something that is recollected: recollections of one's childhood.

Origin of recollection

1635–45; < French récollection or Medieval Latin recollēctiōn- (stem of recollēctiō), equivalent to recollēct(us) (see recollect) + -iōn- -ion
Related formsmis·rec·ol·lec·tion, nounnon·rec·ol·lec·tion, nounself-rec·ol·lec·tion, noun

Synonyms for recollection

1. recall. 1, 2. memory. 2. memoir. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for self-recollection

Historical Examples of self-recollection

  • Then he seemed to recover some degree of self-control and self-recollection.

    For Woman's Love

    Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth

  • Lost in self-recollection, it was only by the jerk of the horses in stopping before the mansion, that Louis knew he was arrived.

  • There he sat in a cross-legged position, during seven days, enjoying the sweetness of self-recollection.

    The Life or Legend of Gaudama

    Right Reverend Paul Ambroise Bigandet

  • Solitude and self-recollection are good for the soul if it would possess itself in peace.

  • Habit sometimes brought the phrases of the cricket-field, but these generally ended in a shudder of self-recollection and prayer.

    The Three Brides

    Charlotte M. Yonge

British Dictionary definitions for self-recollection



the act of recalling something from memory; the ability to remember
something remembered; a memory
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Word Origin and History for self-recollection



1590s, "a gathering together again," from French récollection (14c.) or directly from Medieval Latin recollectionem (nominative recollectio), noun of action from past participle stem of recolligere (see recollect). Meaning "act of recalling to memory" is from 1680s; a thing or scene so recalled, from 1781.

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