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stream of consciousness

noun
1.
Psychology. thought regarded as a succession of ideas and images constantly moving forward in time.
Origin
1885-1890
1885-90

stream-of-consciousness

[streem-uh v-kon-shuh s-nis] /ˈstrim əvˈkɒn ʃəs nɪs/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or characterized by a manner of writing in which a character's thoughts or perceptions are presented as occurring in random form, without regard for logical sequences, syntactic structure, distinctions between various levels of reality, or the like:
a stream-of-consciousness novel; a stream-of-consciousness technique.
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stream of consciousness

noun
1.
(psychol) the continuous flow of ideas, thoughts, and feelings forming the content of an individual's consciousness. The term was originated by William James
2.
  1. a literary technique that reveals the flow of thoughts and feelings of characters through long passages of soliloquy
  2. (as modifier): a stream-of-consciousness novel
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A kind of writing that presents the thoughts of a person or character as they occur. Stream-of-consciousness writing uses devices such as characters speaking to themselves, free association, and lists of words. William Faulkner, James Joyce, and Virginia Woolf wrote stream-of-consciousness novels.

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