am·​i·​ty | \ ˈa-mə-tē How to pronounce amity (audio) \
plural amities

Definition of amity

: friendship especially : friendly relations between nations an era of international amity

The Long History of Amity

Amity comes from the Latin word for "friend," amicus, and is used especially for relationships between political leaders and nations in which goodwill is shown despite differences that might exist between the two parties. Amicus is also the root of the adjectives amiable and amicable.

Examples of amity in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His meetings with world leaders at the G7 summit in the U.K. and with NATO allies in Belgium went smoothly, with important issues on the agenda and amity the order of the day. Damon Linker, The Week, 18 June 2021 In an equally surprising step, the White House torched Manchin afterward in a statement bristling with resentment that shattered the amity Biden had sought to cultivate. Kevin Liptak, Phil Mattingly And Kaitlan Collins, CNN, 19 Dec. 2021 He’s one of the few people in any walk of life to have a deep, long-lasting amity with Russell, who guards his privacy and is fiercely dismissive of the social whirl. Bruce Jenkins, San Francisco Chronicle, 10 Sep. 2021 This simple act, motivated by compassion and amity, often leads to disaster and heartache. James Berman, Forbes, 3 Sep. 2021 For others, Baskerville’s name remains a potent symbol of the amity that once subsisted between the U.S. and Iran — and that could yet be revived one day. Los Angeles Times, 7 July 2021 The retired justice believes Oaks was addressing such people, while also issuing a call to those on all sides of these issues to seek compromise and amity. The Salt Lake Tribune, 20 June 2021 The story reaches its crescendo on the opposite wall with The Lover Crowned at left and concludes with Love Letters, where the preternaturally young couple review their courtship in perfect amity. Colin B. Bailey, The New York Review of Books, 27 Apr. 2021 The belt depicts two figures holding hands, showing the amity between Penn and the Lenapes. Peter Saenger, WSJ, 2 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of amity

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for amity

Middle English amyte, amiste, borrowed from Anglo-French amité, amisté (earlier and continental Old French amistet, amistiet), going back to Vulgar Latin *amīcitāt-, *amīcitās, alteration (by substitution of the suffix -itāt-, -tās -ity), of Latin amīcitia, from amīcus "friendly, well-disposed" + -itia, suffix forming nouns from adjectives, extended form of -ia -ia entry 1 — more at amiable

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“Amity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of amity

: a feeling of friendship : friendly relations between nations or groups


am·​i·​ty | \ ˈa-mə-tē How to pronounce amity (audio) \

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: a feeling of friendship amity between nations

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