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As it can be "no joke" to them, perhaps it should be no joke to us: though, on reflection, we are not so very like.

This reflection we should have wondered at from you once; but now we don't.

I was not solicitous to vindicate him when I was not joined in their reflection.

The delusion has now vanished, and made room for sober reason and reflection.

I slept two or three hours, however, and had ample time for reflection.

A moment's reflection, and she resolutely withdrew her hand.

The reflection is manifestly Shakespeare's own, and here the form, too, is characteristic.

Joe Garson had shouted his confession without a second of reflection.

In the midst of this great felicity which had appeased her, she had now had time for reflection.

In its surface he could safely look at the reflection of the Gorgon's face.

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., reflexion, in reference to surfaces throwing back light or heat, from Late Latin reflexionem (nominative reflexio) "a reflection," literally "a bending back," noun of action from past participle stem of Latin reflectere "to bend back, bend backwards, turn away," from re- "back" (see re-) + flectere "to bend" (see flexible). Of the mind, from 1670s. Meaning "remark made after turning back one's thought on some subject" is from 1640s. Spelling with -ct- recorded from late 14c., established 18c., by influence of the verb.

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