state of mind

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state of mind (plural states of mind)

  1. The psychological state of someone's cognitive processes at a certain time; the condition or character of a person's thoughts or feelings.
    Synonym: frame of mind
    • 1976, Billy Joel (lyrics and music), “New York State of Mind”, in Turnstiles:
      I know what I'm needing / And I don't want to waste more time / I'm in a New York state of mind
    • 1987, Red Hot Chili Peppers (lyrics and music), “Funky Crime”, in The Uplift Mofo Party Plan:
      Well, I've committed a funky crime / against a state of mind

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