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  • n. a Gestalt principle of organization holding that aspects of perceptual field that move or function in a similar manner will be perceived as a unit


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  • The monasteries in other parts of North Germany met with the common fate of all church property.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 10: Mass Music-Newman

  • George Crabbe and William Wordsworth, have shared the common fate of those writers who, possessing a very moderate power of self-criticism, are apparently unable to discriminate between their good work and their bad.


  • This was the common fate of most of my associates, whose wools were of the same nature, but with a little water, and the strong application of the Jim-crow, the old lady soon combed out my wool into some sort of shape.

    My Life in the South

  • Curson suffered the common fate of Secret Committee agents when failed remittances left him deep in debt, but his real travails began when he and Gouverneur were captured during a British raid on St. Eustatius in early 1781.

    Robert Morris


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