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Today's Words: Gestalt, Foudroyant and Metonymy

Gestalt (guh-shtahlt) Noun something with two or more parts that are so integrated that they are perceived as one. More about Gestalt First used between 1920–25. Directly from German Gestalt, “figure, form, structure.” Examples of Gestalt The gestalt of the novel’s narrative structure, with its interwoven stories, provides a rich, layered experience for readers. In therapy, the gestalt approach focuses on understanding the entire context of a person’s experiences rather than isolating specific events. Foudroyant (foo-droi-uhnt) Adjective sudden and overwhelming in effect; stunning; dazzling. More about Foudroyant First recorded in English between 1830–40. From French foudroyer, “to strike with lightning,” derivative of foudre, “lightning.” Examples of Foudroyant The foudroyant storm lit up the whole sky. The opera began with a foudroyant overture, setting the stage for the emotional and powerful performance that followed. Metonymy (mi-ton-uh-mee) noun referring to something by one of i