Definition of self-forgetful in English:

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self-forgetful

adjective

Forgetful of oneself or one’s needs.
Example sentences
  • The purpose of watching a dance or looking at a painting is to experience a mood, ‘a kind of enjoyment which is self-forgetful and transporting’.
  • Jane often showed that self-forgetful ecstasy when absorbed in some subject or pursuit.

Derivatives

self-forgetfulness

noun
Example sentences
  • I know for a while again the health of self-forgetfulness, looking out at the sky through a notch in the valley side, the black woods wintry on the hills, small clouds at sunset passing across.
  • The generous explanation of such negative behaviour is that it results from self-forgetfulness: forgetting where the boundaries of one's own knowledge lie.
  • Love and a spirit of self-forgetfulness took complete possession of my heart, and thenceforward I was perfectly happy.

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Syllabification: self-for·get·ful

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