noun iden·ti·ty \ī-ˈden-tə-tē, ə-, -ˈde-nə-\

: who someone is : the name of a person

: the qualities, beliefs, etc., that make a particular person or group different from others

plural iden·ti·ties

Full Definition of IDENTITY

a :  sameness of essential or generic character in different instances
b :  sameness in all that constitutes the objective reality of a thing :  oneness
a :  the distinguishing character or personality of an individual :  individuality
b :  the relation established by psychological identification
:  the condition of being the same with something described or asserted <establish the identity of stolen goods>
:  an equation that is satisfied for all values of the symbols

Examples of IDENTITY

  1. The identity of the criminal is not known.
  2. They produced their passports as proof of their identities.
  3. They arrested the wrong man. It was a case of mistaken identity.
  4. As children grow, they establish their own identities.
  5. people who seem to lack individual identity
  6. His art reflects his cultural identity.

Origin of IDENTITY

Middle French identité, from Late Latin identitat-, identitas, probably from Latin identidem repeatedly, contraction of idem et idem, literally, same and same
First Known Use: 1570

Other Psychology Terms

fetish, hypochondria, intelligence, mania, narcissism, neurosis, pathological, psychosis, schadenfreude, subliminal

Rhymes with IDENTITY

IDENTITIES Defined for Kids


noun iden·ti·ty \ī-ˈden-tə-tē\
plural iden·ti·ties

Definition of IDENTITY for Kids

:  the set of qualities and beliefs that make one person or group different from others :  individuality <Children establish their own identities.>
:  the fact of being the same person or thing as claimed <Can you prove your identity?>
:  the fact or condition of being exactly alike :  sameness <He proved the identity of the two books' authorship.>
Medical Dictionary


noun iden·ti·ty \ī-ˈden(t)-ət-ē, ə-ˈ\
plural iden·ti·ties

Medical Definition of IDENTITY

:  the distinguishing character or personality of an individual
:  the relation established by psychological identification


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