After reading an article recently, I wondered when one should use contemplate over consider.
I searched for the issue on Google and found that:
In that context, they're essentially the same.
Contemplating is more reflective, thinking about problems that aren't solved, puzzling >over mysteries.
Considering is more like analyzing known choices.
You'd contemplate the mysteries of the universe, you'd consider what kind of car to buy.
Yet, the article I mentioned above, contains the following sentence:
As Iraq erupts in civil war and America again contemplates intervention, that unfinished business should give new urgency to the question of how the United States military controlled the media coverage of its long involvement there and in Afghanistan.
I would say that the possible intervention that is contemplated here is a known choice more than a mystery.
When should I use contemplate over consider?