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noun uni·ty \ˈyü-nə-tē\

Simple Definition of unity

  • : the state of being in full agreement

  • : a way of combining the parts in a work of art or literature so that they seem to belong together

Full Definition of unity

plural uni·ties

  1. 1 a :  the quality or state of not being multiple :  oneness b (1) :  a definite amount taken as one or for which 1 is made to stand in calculation <in a table of natural sines the radius of the circle is regarded as unity> (2) :  identity element

  2. 2 a :  a condition of harmony :  accord b :  continuity without deviation or change (as in purpose or action)

  3. 3 a :  the quality or state of being made one :  unification b :  a combination or ordering of parts in a literary or artistic production that constitutes a whole or promotes an undivided total effect; also :  the resulting singleness of effect or symmetry and consistency of style and character

  4. 4 :  a totality of related parts :  an entity that is a complex or systematic whole

  5. 5 :  any of three principles of dramatic structure derived by French classicists from Aristotle's Poetics and requiring a play to have a single action represented as occurring in one place and within one day

  6. 6 capitalized :  a 20th century American religious movement that emphasizes spiritual sources of health and prosperity

Examples of unity

  1. a sense of national unity

  2. <there's an aesthetic unity to the sculpture garden that makes it an ideal spot for quiet relaxing>

Origin of unity

Middle English unite, from Anglo-French unité, from Latin unitat-, unitas, from unus one — more at one

First Known Use: 14th century

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