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Definition of Absence


  1. A state of being absent or withdrawn from a place or from companionship; -- opposed to presence.
  2. Want; destitution; withdrawal.
  3. Inattention to things present; abstraction (of mind); as, absence of mind.

Absence Quotations

Today I begin to understand what love must be, if it exists... When we are parted, we each feel the lack of the other half of ourselves. We are incomplete like a book in two volumes of which the first has been lost. That is what I imagine love to be: incompleteness in absence.
Edmond de Goncourt

I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.
Nelson Mandela

Peace is not absence of conflict, it is the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means.
Ronald Reagan

Peace is not a relationship of nations. It is a condition of mind brought about by a serenity of soul. Peace is not merely the absence of war. It is also a state of mind. Lasting peace can come only to peaceful people.
Jawaharlal Nehru

Absence sharpens love, presence strengthens it.
Thomas Fuller
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Absence Translations

absence in Dutch is afwezigheid, absentie, mangel
absence in German is Abwesenheit {f}, Abwesenheit {f}, Fehlen {n}
absence in Italian is mancare, assenza
absence in Spanish is ausencia, falta
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