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used in The Brothers Karamazov

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busy thinking about or doing something so that other things are not noticed or done
  • But it must not be supposed that his mind was preoccupied with his face and his height.
    Book 10 — The Boys (37% in)
  • In his childhood and youth he was by no means expansive, and talked little indeed, but not from shyness or a sullen unsociability; quite the contrary, from something different, from a sort of inner preoccupation entirely personal and unconcerned with other people, but so important to him that he seemed, as it were, to forget others on account of it.
    Book 1 — The History Of A Family (46% in)
  • But he was very much preoccupied at that time with something quite apart from that.
    Book 11 — Ivan (51% in)
  • The visitor waited and sat exactly like a poor relation who had come down from his room to keep his host company at tea, and was discreetly silent, seeing that his host was frowning and preoccupied.
    Book 11 — Ivan (79% in)
  • He had become terribly preoccupied since the trial; sometimes he would be silent for half an hour together, and seemed to be pondering something heavily and painfully, oblivious of everything about him.
    Epilogue (26% in)

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