The relinquishment of ownership or control of a piece of property, which often causes or accelerates the deterioration of the property. Also, when a contractor stops work on a job and removes all personnel and equipment before it is completed.
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What does it mean when you dream about abandonment?
Dreams of being abandoned may simply reflect one’s actual situation (e.g., as in the case of someone being divorced) or arise from fears of being deserted or rejected. Similarly, such dreams may occur around the time of the death of a loved one or when some other loss occurs. On a more positive note, abandonment may also symbolize the letting go of old attitudes, letting go of the past. Abandonment is a powerful general metaphor for many kinds of anxieties because it harkens back to the experience of feeling left out or left behind by our parents when we were children. Thus, a wide range of different situations, from simple loneliness to a sense of betrayal, can be represented in abandonment dreams.
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deserted by her lover Theseus at Naxos. [Gk. Myth.: Benét 48]
agricultural village which loses inhabitants with onslaught of industry. [Br. Lit.: “The Deserted Village” in Traveller]
deserted by family for renouncing her religion. [Ital. Opera: Puccini, Madama Butterfly, Westerman, 357]
foundling, in solitary confinement till sixteen, then thrown into the world, claimed as a royal scion, and assassinated. [Ger. Lit.: Wassermann Caspar Hauser in Benét, 446]
deserts family to find “whole woman” identity. [Nor. Lit.: A Doll’s House]
Susan Michael Henchard’s deserted wife. [Br. Lit.: The Mayor of Casterbridge, Magill I, 571–573]
brigantine found drifting with no hands aboard. [Br. Folklore: Leach, 683]
deserted by her first lover, she deserts her second. [Am. Lit.: Sister Carrie in Magill I, 895]
ship, carrying Moslem pilgrims, abandoned by captain and crew in a storm. [Br. Lit.: Joseph Conrad Lord Jim]
abandoned as an infant by the king, her father, secretly raised by a shepherd. [Br. Drama: Shakespeare The Winter’s Tale]
Greek hero abandoned for ten years by his comrades because of the smell of his wound. [Gk. Drama: Sophocles Philoctetes in Benét, 783]
deserted by Turiddu after yielding to his advances. [Ital. Opera: Mascagni, Cavalleria Rusticana, Westerman, 3387 339]
boy deserted and forgotten at Dotheboys Hall. [Br. Lit.: Nicholas Nickleby]
deserted in forest; found by seven dwarfs. [Ger. Fairy Tale: Grimm, 184]
gives her love to Onegin, who scorns it and leaves her. [Russ. Lit.: Eugene Onegin]
left on church doorstep as baby. [Children’s Lit.: Margaret Thursday, Fisher, 199–200]
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You must first consider this dream’s varying aspects in order to interpret it. Your unconscious may be giving you messages regarding what needs to be kept and what needs to be let go. Traditional dream interpretations say that if you are the one being abandoned in your dream, it is a dream of the contrary and you may experience reconciliation or recovery from trouble or illness. Remember that the unconscious is attempting to compensate for an imbalance in the conscious. For example, if you are overly attached to someone in daily life, in the dream state he or she may abandon you. This is an attempt by the unconscious to make you aware of your dependency.
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