Definition of Contemplative

1. Noun. A person devoted to the contemplative life.

Generic synonyms: Individual, Mortal, Person, Somebody, Someone, Soul

2. Adjective. Deeply or seriously thoughtful. "Byron lives on not only in his poetry, but also in his creation of the 'Byronic hero' - the persona of a brooding melancholy young man"

Definition of Contemplative

1. a. Pertaining to contemplation; addicted to, or employed in, contemplation; meditative.

2. n. A religious or either sex devoted to prayer and meditation, rather than to active works of charity.

Definition of Contemplative

1. Adjective. Pertaining to one who contemplates or is introspective and thoughtful. ¹

2. Adjective. Pertaining especially to a contemplative Roman Catholic religious or one of the contemplative Roman Catholic religious orders. ¹

3. Noun. Someone who has dedicated themselves to religious contemplation. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Contemplative

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Contemplative

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Literary usage of Contemplative

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Aquinas Ethicus: Or, The Moral Teaching of St. Thomas. A Translation of the by Thomas, Joseph Rickaby (1896)
"ARTICLE I.—Is the active life better than the contemplative ? ... We must say then the contemplative life is, absolutely speaking, better than the active. ..."

2. The Classical Heritage of the Middle Ages by Henry Osborn Taylor (1901)
"Otherwise the growth of the contemplative life requires a definite cause. With the later schools of Greek philosophy such a cause lay in the yearning for ..."

3. The Classical Heritage of the Middle Ages by Henry Osborn Taylor (1901)
"Otherwise the growth of the contemplative life requires a definite cause. With the later schools of Greek philosophy such a cause lay in the yearning for ..."

4. English Literature from Widsith to the Death of Chaucer: A Source Book by Allen Rogers Benham (1916)
"... the devil blinds hypocrites to excuse themselves (on the plea of a) feigned contemplative life, and to say that since the contemplative life is the best ..."

5. The Path which Led a Protestant Lawyer to the Catholic Church by Peter Hardeman Burnett (1860)
"contemplative religion. In reference to contemplative religion, an eminent divine of the Church of England has said: " In England, I could almost say, ..."

6. General History of the Christian Religion and Church by August Neander, Alexander James William Morrison (1851)
"This was the before-mentioned Gregory of Nazianzus, whose whole life took a character of instability from oscillating between the contemplative bent and ..."

7. Daniel Deronda by George Eliot (1876)
"... in the face of torture and death—what would the dingy shops and unbeautiful faces signify to the thrill of contemplative emotion ? ..."

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