Usage examples for preoccupation

  1. In this preoccupation he almost forgot the fear of her presence. – An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad
  2. The small grave face wore an air of man- like preoccupation, as was always the case when he felt a little out of his depth in general conversation. – A Prisoner in Fairyland by Algernon Blackwood
  3. He was aroused from his preoccupation by Montanelli's voice behind him. – The Gadfly by E. L. Voynich
  4. Let us keep our minds free from all preoccupation. – The Moon-Voyage by Jules Verne
  5. And now that the scales of preoccupation were removed from our eyes, we could look on all the life and colour and movement spread before us and feel ourselves part of it. – The Debit Account by Oliver Onions
  6. Movements in art have, more often than not, been the result of an extraordinarily violent preoccupation, on the part of artists, with the unessential and insignificant. – Since Cézanne by Clive Bell
  7. I have seen healthy men faint for want of food when they had plenty at hand because they could not realise that they were hungry in their intense preoccupation. – The White Sister by F. Marion Crawford
  8. The old preoccupation of over- work rested no longer upon him. – Foe-Farrell by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  9. She almost resented his intense preoccupation with stories that brought in so little cash. – A Prisoner in Fairyland by Algernon Blackwood
  10. He did not perceive, in his intense preoccupation, that Massy had entered and taken the place directly in front of him. – The Fortunes Of Glencore by Charles James Lever
  11. So then the absence of the Earl and the preoccupation of his mother was not beyond comfort, if Annie was able to receive him. – The Maid of Maiden Lane by Amelia E. Barr
  12. She was so fixed in her preoccupation that her eye was void of interest, as his, bright and expectant, held it: " I seen David." – The Emigrant Trail by Geraldine Bonner
  13. Then his preoccupation suddenly disappeared. – Stonewall Jackson And The American Civil War by G. F. R. Henderson
  14. It simply became an intense preoccupation to watch him, in chapel or hall; it was a fearful joy to meet him, and he used to invent excuses for passing his room, till he knew the very ornaments and pictures by sight. – Beside Still Waters by Arthur Christopher Benson
  15. In support of what I have said of the incredible preoccupation of the Emperor, I will mention an occurrence which comes to my memory. – The Project Gutenberg Memoirs of Napoleon Bonaparte by Bourrienne, Constant, and Stewarton
  16. Ambassador Hawksworth, please forgive my preoccupation these past few days. – The Moghul by Thomas Hoover
  17. I gasped, blankly, startled out of my preoccupation. – The Metal Monster by A. Merritt
  18. The party of five went ashore, and Kate's principal preoccupation seemed to be to keep as close to Virginia as possible. – The Castle Of The Shadows by Alice Muriel Williamson
  19. The question of money was his great preoccupation and anxiety, and possibly his pecuniary difficulties, and the strain of the heavy chain of debt he dragged after him, constantly adding to its weight by some fresh extravagance, had affected his mind on this one point. – Honore de Balzac, His Life and Writings by Mary F. Sandars