plural -es
: harmony of different or opposing impulses produced by a work of art
synaesthesis of thought and feeling in philosophical poetry
synaesthesis of anxiety and calmness in a tragedy
compare synesthesia

Word History


Greek synaisthēsis joint sensation, joint perception, from the stem of synaisthanesthai to perceive simultaneously, to share in perception (from syn- + aisthanesthai to perceive) + -sis

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“Synaesthesis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2023.

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