horror vacui

noun

horror va·​cui
: horror of empty spaces
especially : an aversion to empty spaces in artistic designs
the Germans share this horror vacui, but there is always a marked spatial curiosity in their ornament Nikolaus Pevsner

Word History

Etymology

New Latin, horror of a vacuum

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“Horror vacui.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/horror%20vacui. Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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