I want to describe a situation in which someone gets interested in something/someone to such extent that he forgets other activities and normal life, and just cares and thinks about the beloved activity/person. This is the sentence in which I want to use this word:

I devoted myself to this/her/him so (the word) that ... .

One word that comes to my mind is to use the adjective form of ascetic. But I'm not sure it's the best or even a correct choice.

  • Do you want a positive or negative connotation? Oct 21, 2014 at 23:19
  • A positive connotation.
    – user215721
    Oct 21, 2014 at 23:40
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    I think "obsessive" is the word that most accurately fits the concept, but it tends to have a somewhat (though not completely) negative connotation.
    – Hot Licks
    Oct 22, 2014 at 2:16
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    "Feverishly" might work. "Zealously" is another candidate. Or "devotedly" is a possibility (but I see you're already using "devoted"). "Furiously" could convey intensity, but not the devotion you're probably after. (Thanks to thesaurus.com/browse/obsessive for the above.)
    – Hot Licks
    Oct 22, 2014 at 2:23
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    How about "intensely"?
    – Hot Licks
    Oct 22, 2014 at 2:25

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That is not what ascetic means. I think you mean obsessively or singlemindedly.

From Merriam-Webster Ascetic:

  1. practicing strict self-denial as a measure of personal and especially spiritual discipline
  2. austere in appearance, manner, or attitude

I think immersed is the perfect word to describe being "...interested to such an extent that forgets other activities and normal life..."

The definition:

verb 2. involve oneself deeply in a particular activity or interest.

Source (Google)

Or maybe, engrossed, to a lesser extent.

verb 1. absorb all the attention or interest of.

Source (Google)

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    Yeah, "immersed" conveys the meaning and has a mildly positive connotation, but unfortunately there isn't a form that fits the template -- you can't say "immersedly".
    – Hot Licks
    Oct 22, 2014 at 2:18
  • Well, one can, if one wants to get creative and if the context allows for it.
    – pazzo
    Oct 22, 2014 at 11:20

Perhaps monomania has the connotation you're looking for?


Obsessively (can be consisdered negative) Dictionary.com:

the domination of one's thoughts or feelings by a persistent idea, image, desire, etc.

Single-mindedly (positive) Dictionary.com

having or showing a single aim or purpose

Faithfully (positive) Dictionary.com

steady in allegiance or affection; loyal; constant

Unswervingly (positive) The Free Dictionary

  1. Not veering or turning aside
  2. Constant; steady

This sounds like it could be addiction.



Also, so focused as to be oblivious to everything else, to the exclusion of everything else.

Another member's suggestion of 'single mindedly' works too.

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