[ es-em-plas-tik, -uhm- ]
/ ˌɛs ɛmˈplæs tɪk, -əm- /
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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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Let’s start with some etymology: What are the origins of the typographical word “bracket”?
First appeared around 1750, and is related to the French word “braguette” for the name of codpiece armor.
First appeared in 1610, based on the French word “baguette” for the long loaf of bread.
First appeared in 1555, and is related to the French word “raquette” for a netted bat.TAKE THE QUIZ TO FIND OUT
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
/ (ˌɛsɛmˈplæstɪk) /
literature making into one; unifying
Word Origin for esemplastic
C19 (first used by Samuel Taylor Coleridge): from Greek es, eis into + em, from hen, neuter of heis one + -plastic
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