unity

noun
uni·​ty | \ ˈyü-nə-tē How to pronounce unity (audio) \
plural unities

Definition of unity

1a : 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
2a : a condition of harmony : accord
b : continuity without deviation or change (as in purpose or action)
3a : 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 : a totality of related parts : an entity that is a complex or systematic whole
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 capitalized : a 20th century American religious movement that emphasizes spiritual sources of health and prosperity

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Examples of unity in a Sentence

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 Web In her role as a focus for national unity and stability, the Queen’s words have extra significance for many at a time like this. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, "All The Spoken And Unspoken Messages in Queen Elizabeth's Christmas Day Broadcast," 27 Dec. 2020 Last month, fireworks lit up the sky around Windsor, as Hindus, Sikhs and Jains celebrated Diwali, the festival of lights, providing joyous moments of hope and unity—despite social distancing. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Queen's Christmas Broadcast 2020 Is for Those "Missing Friends and Family Members"," 26 Dec. 2020 Last month, fireworks lit up the sky around Windsor, as Hindus, Sikhs and Jains celebrated Diwali, the festival of lights, providing joyous moments of hope and unity—despite social distancing. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "The Queen Included a Romantic Gesture to Prince Philip in Her Christmas Speech," 26 Dec. 2020 The ride will begin at 7:45 p.m. Please wear red, black, and green to honor Black unity and Black businesses. Gabriel Morley | Contributing Writer, NOLA.com, "Calling all writers: A workshop and a contest are happening at the Orleans Parish Library," 18 Dec. 2020 His remarks are expected to stress unity and the strength of American democracy, according to CBS News. al, "Joe Biden to address the nation: Watch live," 14 Dec. 2020 But the unity in contrast to other states is clear. Brian Reisinger, National Review, "Unite or Die: The Making of the Badger State Battleground," 17 Aug. 2020 This week, McCown recalled the tragedy and campus unity that followed. Chuck Carlton, Dallas News, "In a long history against Texas A&M, Mack Brown’s most memorable moment came more than 20 years ago," 23 Dec. 2020 Everything and everyone was conceived of as a fragmented shard of the universe, which was ultimately one great impersonal unity. Cameron Hilditch, National Review, "Christianity as Ideology: The Cautionary Tale of the Jericho March," 18 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of unity

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for unity

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

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The first known use of unity was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Unity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unity. Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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unity

noun
How to pronounce unity (audio)

English Language Learners 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

unity

noun
uni·​ty | \ ˈyü-nə-tē How to pronounce unity (audio) \
plural unities

Kids Definition of unity

1 : the quality or state of being one
2 : the state of those who are in full agreement : harmony Why can't we live in unity?

unity

noun
uni·​ty | \ ˈyü-nə-tē How to pronounce unity (audio) \
plural unities

Legal Definition of unity

1 : 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
2 : 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

Note: 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.

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