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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? – 200_success Oct 21 '14 at 23:19
  • A positive connotation. – user215721 Oct 21 '14 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 '14 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 '14 at 2:23
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    How about "intensely"? – Hot Licks Oct 22 '14 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
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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 '14 at 2:18
  • Well, one can, if one wants to get creative and if the context allows for it. – pazzo Oct 22 '14 at 11:20
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Perhaps monomania has the connotation you're looking for?

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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
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This sounds like it could be addiction.

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Focused.

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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