Rorschach test

noun

variants or less commonly Rorschach or Rorschach inkblot test
: a projective psychological test that uses a subject's interpretation of 10 standard black or colored inkblot designs to assess personality traits and emotional tendencies

Examples of Rorschach test in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Simpson was, and even in death, still is something of a Rorschach test — definitely for Angelenos, but really for all Americans. Erika D. Smith, Los Angeles Times, 11 Apr. 2024 What happened that day last spring at Columbia High School, a high-performing school that serves the towns of Maplewood and South Orange, N.J., has become a Rorschach test for a liberal school district with a racially mixed population. John Leland John Leland, New York Times, 11 Apr. 2024 Soon videos of the trains were circulating all over; by January, the story had become international news and the images a kind of culture-war Rorschach test. Malia Wollan, New York Times, 23 Jan. 2024 By now, millions have viewed portions of Strauss’ remarks, and his statements — and USC’s response — have become a Rorschach test for a war raging 7,500 miles away. Matt Hamilton, Los Angeles Times, 26 Nov. 2023 But entering a grueling second-half schedule that begins with rival Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind., on Saturday, judging the Trojans remains its own Rorschach test. Thuc Nhi Nguyen, Los Angeles Times, 11 Oct. 2023 But in a country where literary hits are a kind of Rorschach test, the popularity of his latest novel may be a sign of changing times. Constant Méheut, New York Times, 28 Aug. 2023 The fight has become a Rorschach test for local tolerance of the tech industry’s new ideas: Are the driverless cars an interesting and safe transportation alternative? Yiwen Lu, New York Times, 9 Aug. 2023 Yet its arrival is a comfort, offering sounds that will ring familiar to longtime fans — and to everyone else serve as an atmospheric Rorschach test, alternately primitive and futuristic, beautiful and menacing, propulsive and ethereal. Todd Gilchrist, Variety, 28 July 2023

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Word History

Etymology

Hermann Rorschach †1922 Swiss psychiatrist

First Known Use

1927, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Rorschach test was in 1927

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Kids Definition

Rorschach test

noun
Ror·​schach test
ˈrȯ(ə)r-ˌshäk-
: a psychological test in which a person is asked to tell what he or she sees in and thinks about ink blots of varying designs and colors and which is used to measure certain traits of personality

Medical Definition

Rorschach test

noun
: a projective psychological test that uses a subject's interpretation of 10 standard black or colored inkblot designs to assess personality traits and emotional tendencies

called also Rorschach, Rorschach inkblot test

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