gestalt

noun ge·stalt \ gə-ˈstält , -ˈshtält , -ˈstȯlt , -ˈshtȯlt \

Definition of gestalt

plural gestalts also gestalten play \-ˈstäl-tᵊn, -ˈshtäl-, -ˈstȯl-, -ˈshtȯl-\
:something that is made of many parts and yet is somehow more than or different from the combination of its parts
  • When he gets rolling, you're not responding to single jokes—it's the whole gestalt of the movie that's funny.
  • —Pauline Kael
; broadly :the general quality or character of something
  • When new employees are recruited fresh out of college and can look forward to working for the same company for 40 years, it changes the gestalt of management.
  • —Brenton R. Schlender
  • … the Old Hollywood gestalt, where daughters adored and romanticized their charismatic, powerful, often unavailable fathers.
  • —Nora Johnson

Examples of gestalt in a Sentence

  1. the gestalt of human consciousness

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Origin and Etymology of gestalt

German, literally, shape, form


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gestalt

noun ge·stalt \ gə-ˈs(h)tält , -ˈs(h)tȯlt \

medical Definition of gestalt

plural gestalten play \-ᵊn\ or gestalts
:a structure, arrangement, or pattern of physical, biological, or psychological phenomena so integrated as to constitute a functional unit with properties not derivable by summation of its parts

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