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quiddity

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noun quid·di·ty \ˈkwi-də-tē\

Definition of quiddity

plural quid·di·ties

  1. 1 :  whatever makes something the type that it is :  essence

  2. 2 a :  a trifling point :  quibble b :  crotchet, eccentricity



Examples of quiddity

  1. <for all of her quiddities, she is a very wise and generous lady>

  2. <Rembrandt's genius was his unparalleled ability to render a person's quiddity in a single portrait.>



Origin of quiddity

Middle English quidite, from Medieval Latin quidditat-, quidditas essence, from Latin quid what, neuter of quis who — more at who


First Known Use: 14th century


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