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[es-em-plas-tik, -uh m-]
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  1. having the ability to shape diverse elements or concepts into a unified whole: the esemplastic power of a great mind to simplify the difficult.
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Origin of esemplastic

1810–20; < Greek es-, dialectal variant of eis- into + (h)én, neuter of heîs one + plastic; irregular coinage by S.T. Coleridge; compare German Ineinsbildung, term used by Schelling
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British Dictionary definitions for esemplastic


  1. literature making into one; unifying
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Word Origin

C19 (first used by Samuel Taylor Coleridge): from Greek es, eis into + em, from hen, neuter of heis one + -plastic
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