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An unspecified yet palpable and typically somewhat sinister presence, attendance, or existence. Though the country had finally reached a period of peace, the ghostly presence of its violent past hung heavily on the minds of the citizens. The characters never discuss the absent father directly, but this very avoidance gives him a ghostly presence throughout the novel.
make (one's) presence felt
To do something or act in a way makes a group of people aware of one's role, contributions, etc., in a particular situation. As the youngest CEO in the company's history, Mark knew he had to make his presence felt by introducing a few major policy changes. The small but vocal group has already made their presence felt in the most recent presidential election.
in (one's) presence
With one present and watching or supervising. You'll need to fill this form out in a notary's presence.
in the presence of (someone)
With someone present and watching or supervising. You'll need to fill this form out in the presence of a notary.
presence of mind
A sensible, cool-headed mentality that allows one to remain calm and make quick, intelligent decisions. Before fleeing the house, Margaret had the presence of mind to turn off the circuit breaker so that the electrical fire wouldn't spread as quickly. The board of directors was very impressed with the presence of mind Tom displayed during the Baker trial.
grace (someone) with (one's) presence
To visit someone. Often used sarcastically or passive-aggressively, to suggest that one has condescended to make an appearance. Thanks so much for gracing us with your presence, Ed—you're only 45 minutes late.
grace someone or something with one's presence
Fig. to honor someone or something with one's presence. "How nice of you to grace us with your presence," Mr. Wilson told Mary sarcastically as she entered the classroom late. The banquet was graced with the presence of the governor.
have the presence of mind to do something
Fig. to have the calmness and ability to act sensibly in an emergency or difficult situation. Jane had the presence of mind to phone the police when the child disappeared. The child had the presence of mind to write down the car's license-plate number.
presence of mind
The ability to act sensibly, promptly, and appropriately, especially in a difficult situation or emergency. For example, Distraught about losing her wallet and passport, she had the presence of mind to notify the authorities at once . This idiom in effect says that one's mind is present and functioning. [Second half of 1600s]
make your presence felt
If someone or something makes their presence felt, they do something that makes you notice them or pay attention to them. I was here, there and everywhere all day, making my presence felt. First of all, establish what areas of your body are making their presence felt.
make your presence felthave a strong and obvious effect on others or on a situation.
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