ink·​blot ˈiŋk-ˌblät How to pronounce inkblot (audio)
variants or ink blot or ink-blot
: a blot of ink
: any of several cards showing blots of ink for use in psychological testing
also : inkblot test

Examples of inkblot in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Congress has eagerly reduced itself to a constitutional inkblot to hide from accountability and the risk of primary challenges to retain incumbents. Armstrong Williams, Baltimore Sun, 7 July 2024 In truth, the administration’s Syria policy resembled a Rorschach inkblot—an ambiguous shape to which observers could ascribe their own preferred meaning. Frances Z. Brown, Foreign Affairs, 13 Nov. 2019 In many Stalin-era books, enemies of the state weren’t erased but effaced, their heads unceremoniously covered by inkblots. Daniel Immerwahr, The New Yorker, 13 Nov. 2023 The blue check mark has long been a cultural inkblot of sorts. Avi Selk, Washington Post, 21 Apr. 2023 James Lee, the demented guy who was killed after taking hostages at the Discovery channel headquarters, is turning into quite an illuminating inkblot in the blogosphere. Keith Kloor, Discover Magazine, 2 Sep. 2010 The measure isn’t unlike the pain scale that doctors use to ask how patients feel, or the Rorschach inkblot that psychologists use to prompt subconscious feelings from their clients. Gabriela Riccardi, Quartz, 27 Dec. 2022 Artist David Thomas Smith created this image by making a mosaic of satellite images of China’s Three Gorges Dam and surroundings, creating a kind of remote-sensing inkblot. Tom Yulsman, Discover Magazine, 11 Feb. 2013 Bored joggers are looking at oil stains on cement like inkblot tests to keep their minds busy. Kevin Armstrong, WSJ, 5 Mar. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1703, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of inkblot was in 1703

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“Inkblot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

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ink·​blot ˈiŋk-ˌblät How to pronounce inkblot (audio)
: any of several plates showing blots of ink for use in psychological testing
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