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



eidetic (comparative more eidetic, superlative most eidetic)

  1. Pertaining to a memory or mental image of perfect clarity, as though actually visible; or to a person able to see such memories. [from 1920s]
    • 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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