Definition of wholeness in English:



  • 1The state of forming a complete and harmonious whole; unity.

    ‘the work lacked a sense of wholeness and meaning’
    • ‘The sense of wholeness she talks of here, the idea of completion, for me evokes a moral agenda.’
    • ‘The auteur critic is obsessed with the wholeness of art and artist.’
    • ‘The director prizes originality and wholeness over allegiance to form.’
    • ‘The identifiably Yiddish and Hebrew elements within his poetry serve to interrogate the homogeneity and wholeness of English.’
    • ‘The image manages to maintain a wholeness of perception.’
  • 2The state of being unbroken or undamaged.

    ‘the wholeness of the buildings is exceedingly well preserved’
    • ‘The world was created in a broken state, and the human being was placed within it to gather the shattered pieces and repair its wholeness.’
    • ‘They went astray from the predestined path thus destructing the overall wholeness of the planet.’
    • ‘Please adhere to the following rules in order to safeguard the wholeness of your limbs.’
    • ‘This relationship has been damaged; it too is awaiting its wholeness to be restored in salvation.’
    • ‘They were thrilled at the new wholeness of their apartment - until they realized, from the pathetic sound of her muted meows, that he'd sealed their cat inside the wall.’
    1. 2.1 Good physical or mental health.
      ‘our shared journey toward wholeness and healing’
      • ‘Their "wise handling and faire governance" restore the knight to wholeness.’
      • ‘There was a sense of wholeness and creative well-being that flowed from his embrace of rural blackness.’
      • ‘She calls her painting a 'psychological space to locate freedom to find a way towards wholeness'.’
      • ‘To achieve psychic wholeness, each character must come to accept his or her memories.’
      • ‘She becomes a fleshly embodiment of spiritual wholeness.’