Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.


It contemplates his dominion as infinite, and his will as the law of nature and of nations.

Godwin contemplates no Spartan plan of common labour or common meals.

He never, if he is orthodox, contemplates it for a moment as a thing to be even desired.

The power depends on the depth of the artist's insight of that object he contemplates.

He takes her little caprices with complaisance, and contemplates her with love.

General Siha looks around and contemplates the scenery, then turns to the Captain.

He contemplates the human mind in the generality of its great elements.

Sir Asinus heaves a sigh, and contemplates a declaration immediately.

At intervals he contemplates this with a pleased and complacent look.

The hunter turns faint, sick, as he contemplates this hecatomb of corpses.


1590s, from Latin contemplatus, past participle of contemplari "survey, observe" (see contemplation). Related: Contemplated; contemplating.