Definition of synchronicity
1 : the quality or fact of being synchronous
2 : the coincidental occurrence of events and especially psychic events (such as similar thoughts in widely separated persons or a mental image of an unexpected event before it happens) that seem related but are not explained by conventional mechanisms of causality —used especially in the psychology of C. G. Jung
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The guests at last week's fete saw some impressive entertainment, including slender jets that knitted together as a basket weave, in changing colors, and ranks of fountains rising and falling in split-second synchronicity with the musical dynamics.
And in a twist of historical synchronicity, the appeals court issued its decision on the anniversary of the death of Martin Luther King, Jr., whose movement pushed the Civil Rights Act into law 53 years ago.
There is little room for soloists to hide in Mozart, and the pair opened the three-movement concerto with perfect synchronicity in the Allegro.
The couple see the timing of this second child as a poignant synchronicity.
But there was also a degree of synchronicity between the two.
Okposo said instant synchronicity with Tavares and Nielsen did not surprise him.
Built around an idealistic core of musical improvisation and cosmic synchronicity, each show is different.
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It happens to everyone sooner or later: A certain number pops up wherever you go; an old friend you haven't seen in 20 years since high school appears the same day you're looking at her picture in a yearbook; you're singing a song and turn on the radio - and the same song is playing. Such coincidences, here described by Thomas Ropp in the Arizona Republic, March 29,1999, are examples of synchronicity. The concept is linked to the psychology of Carl Jung. Jung didn't coin the word (the "simultaneousness" sense of "synchronicity" was already in use), but he gave it special importance in his writings. Jung believed that such "meaningful coincidences" play an important role in our lives. Today, some people even look to synchronicities for spiritual guidance.
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: the coincidental occurrence of events and especially psychic events (as similar thoughts in widely separated persons or a mental image of an unexpected event before it happens) that seem related but are not explained by conventional mechanisms of causality—used especially in the psychology of C. G. Jung
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