A fear or dislike of leaving empty spaces, especially in an artistic composition.
- 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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