Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state of being abstracted; abstractness: as, “the abstractedness of these speculations,” Hume, Human Understanding, § 1.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The state of being abstracted; abstract character.
- n. preoccupation with something to the exclusion of all else
- abstracted + -ness (Wiktionary)
“Both Dessners have been at pains to explain the non-linear abstractedness of the work in recent interviews.”
“What I do begrudge is the abstractedness from human vulnerability of Bush's so-called warrior intellectuals, who have conceptualized a first strike”
“Your abstractedness, child, (affectation of abstractedness, some call it,) savours, let me tell you, of greater particularity, than we aim to carry.”
“Holding the glass in one hand, he walked around the little apartment, checking everything with a sort of automatic abstractedness.”
“Martha and insisted on the duty of heavenly abstractedness, how much of his own leisure for spiritual contemplation was due to the Martha-like talents of his hostess.”
“Raymond looked at these objects of interest -- and at several others -- with some degree of abstractedness.”
“-- Alonzo was, in some degree, aroused from his abstractedness; -- the manners of the stranger pleased him.”
“But Mrs. Fisher's very abstractedness – and she seemed to be absorbed chiefly in the interesting people she used to know and in their memorial photographs, and quite a good part of the interview was taken up by reminiscent anecdote of Carlyle, Meredith, Matthew Arnold, Tennyson, and a host of others – her very abstractedness was a recommendation.”
“They entered this state of abstractedness unconsciously.”
“This evening Vautrin had noticed Eugènes abstractedness, and stayed in the room, though he had seemed to be in a hurry to finish his dinner and go.”
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