: 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
: a totality of related parts : an entity that is a complex or systematic whole
: 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
capitalized: a 20th century American religious movement that emphasizes spiritual sources of health and prosperity
a sense of national unity
there's an aesthetic unity to the sculpture garden that makes it an ideal spot for quiet relaxing
Recent Examples on the WebThe family plunge photo came hours after President Biden and First Lady Jill Biden called for unity on the Today show during NBC's coverage of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.—Liza Esquibias, Peoplemag, 24 Nov. 2023 Scott was joined by Democratic leaders of the Senate in announcing the joint legislative priorities — a noteworthy show of unity for two bodies that usually treat one another as rivals, regardless of party control.—Gregory S. Schneider, Washington Post, 21 Nov. 2023 Becker shows that proponents of Brexit talked surprisingly little about the past and tried, in fact, to hang nostalgia’s toxic millstone around the necks of Remainers, accusing them of a softhearted attachment to the now sclerotic dream of European unity.—Thomas Mallon, The New Yorker, 20 Nov. 2023 In addition, it’s designed to bridge the distances between all kinds of differences—and encourage unity and empathy across people and groups.—Tracy Brower, Forbes, 13 Nov. 2023 Now, that's driven by a lot of Republican unity on that idea.—CBS News, 5 Nov. 2023 Gestures spread from one performer to another, bringing them into brief, precarious unities of movement, moments when all dozen or so dancers, each of whom had been pursuing his or her own course around the floor, were suddenly nodding their heads and pointing their fingers in exactly the same way.—Will Heinrich, New York Times, 4 Nov. 2023 Until now, Ukraine had shown solid national unity with political rivalries set aside as the country fought back against the Russian invasion.—Siobhán O'Grady, Washington Post, 8 Nov. 2023 Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky ruled out holding elections next year, calling for political unity as his government seeks to retain Western support and public trust after a disappointing counteroffensive.—James Marson, WSJ, 7 Nov. 2023 See More
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Middle English unite, from Anglo-French unité, from Latin unitat-, unitas, from unus one — more at one
: the quality or state of not being multiple : the quality or state of being one, single, whole, or the same
only if there is unity of ownership of the immovable and movables
: an aspect (as time, title, interest, or possession) of a joint tenancy that must be identical as it relates to the cotenants
such a conveyance severs the joint tenancy by removing the unities of time and title
At common law, all four unities were required to be present for a joint tenancy. Conveying the interests of the cotenants at the same time creates the unity of time. Conveying the interests of the cotenants in the same instrument creates the unity of title. Conveying the same interest (as fee simple absolute) to the cotenants creates the unity of interest. Conveying a common right of possession or enjoyment creates the unity of possession.