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From German eidetisch, from Ancient Greek εἰδητικός (eidētikós), from εἶδος (eîdos, form).



eidetic (comparative more eidetic, superlative most eidetic)

  1. Marked by or resulting from extraordinary ability to recall detailed and vivid mental images of visual images.
    • 1979, Kyril Bonfiglioli, After You with the Pistol, Penguin 2001, p. 276:
      ‘Funny that I should remember it? I have an eidetic memory for numbers, can't help
    • 1993, Will Self, My Idea of Fun:
      Eidetic images are pictures in the head. They are internal images that have the full force of conventional vision, but which are retained solely in the mind of the eidetiker.
    • 1996, David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest, page 127:
      '..and some others of his comrades-on-wheels believed Remy Marathe to be eidetic, near-perfect in recall and detail.'
    an eidetic memory

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