Looking for a word that conveys a particular nuanced concept.
February 1, 2014 11:55 AM Subscribe
Here is the concept I am trying to put a single word to: a sense of ultimate "completion" achieved through the joining of many disparate parts. The word I'm searching for must capture the sense of these disparate parts integrating to fulfill a higher destiny, of being not only greater together
but, through this harmonious integration, achieving ultimate purpose or the greatest possible manifestation
of each parts' potential. I.e., "Coming together to form the greatest possible, or most complete, reality."
posted by Angel de Lune to Writing & Language (28 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Obviously this sort of word could easily describe some lofty ideal, like different kinds of people coming together to form a Utopian society, but it could even be relevant in a more mundane sense, like when various pieces of decor and furniture are pulled together and arranged so as to make a particular room look the "best" it could.
Is there any word that perfectly captures the essence of what I'm trying to convey here? Perhaps a foreign word? I really feel like Japanese aesthetics might be hiding the word I'm looking for. English words that hit close to the mark but fail to satisfy are: symbiosis/symbiotic; harmony; eclectic; syncretic; synthetic; perfection; synergetic/synergistic; fulfillment; collaborative; interdependent. And so on.