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esemplastic

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EtymologyEdit

From Greek ἐς ‘into’ + ἕν + πλαστικός (from πλάσσειν ‘to mould’). Coined by Coleridge, probably after German ineinsbildung ‘forming into one’.

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AdjectiveEdit

esemplastic (comparative more esemplastic, superlative most esemplastic)

  1. Unifying; having the power to shape disparate things into a unified whole.
    • 2003: he [...] developed a doctrine of the organic (‘esemplastic’) imagination, over and against the passive and mechanical faculty of ‘fancy’ — Roy Porter, Flesh in the Age of Reason (Penguin 2004, p. 405)