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fixation
used in The Magic Mountain

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Definition
an unhealthy and compulsive preoccupation with something or someone
  • And what is this fixation he has about work?
    4.1 - A Necessary Purchase (64% in)
  • Would you allow me"—and here Herr Settembrini bent forward on his chair, and with a smile he placed both feet on the floor, tucked his folded hands between his knees, and thrust his head forward at a slight tilt—"would you allow me," he repeated with some emotion in his voice, "to lend you a helping hand in your exercises and experiments and to play a corrective role whenever I see danger looming in the form of some pernicious fixation?"
    5.1 - Eternal Soup and Sudden Clarity (88% in)
  • The director occasionally lent Paravant a hand in his melancholy puttering, even encouraged him in the fixation.
    7.6 - The Great Stupor (53% in)

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