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Esemplastic

[es-em-PLAS-tik]

Part of speech: adjective

Origin: Greek, early 19th century

1.

Molding into one; unifying.

Examples of Esemplastic in a sentence

"The pastor shared his esemplastic sermon with joy."

"Only a handful of presidential candidates can craft a truly esemplastic message."

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About Esemplastic

While constructed from Greek root, this word was coined by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, likely from the German “ineinsbildung,” meaning “forming into one.”

Did you Know?

The word “esemplastic” can be traced back to a singular source: English poet and philosopher Samuel Taylor Coleridge. In his 1817 autobiography, “Biographia Literaria,” he formed the word by combining the Greek phrase “es hen,” meaning “into one,” with “plastic.” This fulfilled his desire for a term that depicted the imagination's ability to meld vastly different experiences into a unified form — such as crafting various sensations, images, and experiences into a poem.

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