Definition of Rorschach test in English:

Rorschach test

Pronunciation /ˈrôrˌSHäk ˌtest/ /ˈrɔrˌʃɑk ˌtɛst/


  • A type of projective test used in psychoanalysis, in which a standard set of symmetrical ink blots of different shapes and colors is presented one by one to the subject, who is asked to describe what they suggest or resemble.

    ‘Donnelly liaises with Amory Clarke, a psychologist at the Maudsley Hospital in London, who also advocates Rorschach tests, and the two have been planning a joint study.’
    • ‘Without him, you and I would still be giving Rorschach tests or worrying about habit strength and anticipatory goal gradients.’
    • ‘Similarly, Rorschach tests could be employed to discover whether a learner driver is a road-rager in waiting.’
    • ‘He administers the Rorschach test and conducts races between Charlie and Algernon through the maze.’
    • ‘Similarly the Rorschach test may be successful regardless of objective truth.’


1920s named after Hermann Rorschach (1884–1922), Swiss psychiatrist.