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from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The quality of being fragmentary.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or property of being in fragments, or broken pieces; incompleteness; want of continuity.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state or quality of being fragmentary; want of continuity; brokenness.


fragmentary +‎ -ness (Wiktionary)


  • The marvellous self-containment of the scene comes across not only, somewhat paradoxically, in its fragmentariness, but also in the kinds of details the pictures tended to include.

    Making Visible: The Diorama, the Double and the (Gothic) Subject

  • And at last the priestess lay silent, vanquished, white body gleaming with that uncanny — fragmentariness — from her torn robes.

    The Moon Pool

  • To be sure, he rescues his creatures from disorder, mediocrity, sameness, and above all from the fragmentariness of their being and the transcience of their values.


  • The statue is not only a particle, but an isolated particle, and must first of all divert attention from its fragmentariness.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 13, No. 76, February, 1864

  • His whole duty is only to sort life as it flows through him, and in the vast fragmentariness of time and space and event to discover essential and inherent order and rhythm and shape.

    Nobel Lecture The Chinese Novel

  • There is of course the Hegelian answer, that the real is the self-consistent and that nothing is self-consistent except the Whole; but this answer, true or false, is not relevant in our present discussion, which moves on a lower plane and is concerned with the status of objects of perception among other objects of equal fragmentariness.

    Mysticism and Logic and Other Essays

  • And at last the priestess lay silent, vanquished, white body gleaming with that uncanny -- fragmentariness -- from her torn robes.

    The Moon Pool

  • When I come to his connection with Blanche Stroeve I am exasperated by the fragmentariness of the facts at my disposal.

    Moon and Sixpence

  • But we have found that absolute realism is beset with the difficulty of thus accounting for the fragmentariness and isolation of the individual.

    The Approach to Philosophy

  • There is in all Lanier's verse a fragmentariness, a sense of something left unsaid, which we may understand better if we remember that his heart was filled with the noblest emotions, but that when he strove to write them his pen failed for weariness.

    Outlines of English and American Literature : an Introduction to the Chief Writers of England and America, to the Books They Wrote, and to the Times in Which They Lived


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