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esemplastic

(ˌɛsɛmˈplæstɪk)
adj
literature making into one; unifying
[C19 (first used by Samuel Taylor Coleridge): from Greek es, eis into + em, from hen, neuter of heis one + -plastic]

es•em•plas•tic

(ˌɛs ɛmˈplæs tɪk, -əm-)

adj.
having the ability to shape diverse elements or concepts into a unified whole; unifying: the esemplastic power of the mind.
[1817; < Greek es-, dial. variant of eis- into + (h)én, neuter of heîs one + plastic; irreg. coinage by S. T. Coleridge]
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Lewis famously deprecated the game of source-hunting, and what he wrote about Spenser applies to him also: "His mind was so concoctive and esemplastic that the fruits of his reading met and mingled and transformed one another till they became unrecognizable--as happens on the 'road to Xanadu'" (English Literature, 355).
The reason, we have seen, has its eye on the super-sensuous, operating outside the realm of "circumstances" altogether, and the imagination's duties, conspicuously absent in The Friend, are defined elsewhere in more vital and esemplastic terms.
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For Scrabble players, let's try exigent, etiolated, epitomical, effulgent, esemplastic, erumpent, and embrasured.
Morrow will not fit into these diagrams since, with Coleridge, he prizes the esemplastic power that unites everything into one, and does not back away from it in any of his doings.