gestalt

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Fuzzy German word with no exact English equivalent, variously defined as completeness, configuration, essence, form, manner, organic structure, totality, and wholeness. At the level of an individual, it means the organized form or pattern that makes up all of a person's experience of what is perceived to be 'out there.' See also gestalt theory.

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The German man used the word gestalt to describe his whole life and his experiences up to that very moment, but the American couldn't find a word to convey the same feeling.
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Cindy loved the entire gestalt of the movie business -- the casting, the costumes, the celebrities -- and could never narrow it down to just one aspect.
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When I learned the gestalt theory in a psychology class in college, I understood it to mean that often the whole is more than the sum of its individual parts.
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