Definition of horror vacui in English:

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horror vacui

Pronunciation: /ˌhôrər ˈvakyəwī/


[in singular]
A fear or dislike of leaving empty spaces, especially in an artistic composition.
Example sentences
  • Making a virtue out of necessity, he filled up the wall space, guided by a joyous horror vacui.
  • Overarching tree leaves take care of the horror vacui.
  • And yet, for groups as diverse as the Frankfurt School and the College of Sociology, this flirtation was a progressive form of horror vacui with regard to spaces that fascism had previously monopolized for its own ends.


Mid 19th century: modern Latin, literally 'horror of a vacuum'.

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Syllabification: hor·ror va·cui

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