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originality

noun

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1 the quality or appeal of being new
  • the originality of the war memorial sparked a heated controversy, as most people had been expecting something more traditional

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2 the skill and imagination to create new things
  • a poet of great originality, she brought a whole new range of subject matter and imagery to poetry

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3 the ability to form mental images of things that either are not physically present or have never been conceived or created by others
  • a graphic novel that shows a lot of originality on the part of its creator

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“Originality.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/originality. Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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