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Thursday, July 22

Gestalt

[ɡə-SHTalt]

Part of speech: noun

Origin: German, 1920s

1.

An organized whole that is perceived as more than the sum of its parts.

Examples of Gestalt in a sentence

"Gestalt in art refers to an ability to recognize patterns and group objects."

"Families form their own unique gestalt over time."

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About Gestalt

Gestalt stems from the Proto-Indo-European root “-stel,” meaning “to put, stand, or put in order.”

Did you Know?

Gestalt psychology came from early twentieth-century Germany and Austria. It highlighted the human ability to recognize patterns and configurations, not simply the individual components of a thing or scenario.

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