one·​ness ˈwən-nəs How to pronounce oneness (audio)
: the quality or state or fact of being one: such as

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web There was a sense of community on the team and a oneness and respect for each other in driving toward success. Goldie Chan, Forbes, 10 Feb. 2023 This revered sacrament of Communion is meant to signify what the word means: with oneness, with unity. Father Edward Beck, CNN, 19 June 2021 This coincides with people's subjective feelings of ego dissolution and oneness with their environment while under the influence of the drug. Iris Kulbatski, Discover Magazine, 9 Oct. 2020 To promote this vision of divine oneness and social equality, Guru Nanak created institutions and religious practices. Simran Jeet Singh, The Conversation, 17 Apr. 2021 Rumi’s unique experience at the intersection of Sufism, Sunni Islam, and Quranic debate informed his voice and animated his desire for oneness with God. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, 24 Mar. 2023 Just as Marcus’s paean to oneness, law, and order didn’t, don’t, and will never get it. Tom Bissell, Harper’s Magazine , 10 Apr. 2023 The zombie kiss is a grotesque inversion of what Tess seemed to want very badly from Joel: intimacy, closeness, oneness. Mikhail Klimentov, Washington Post, 23 Jan. 2023 Moreover, if humans are social creatures, why do many hermits report feelings of profound peace, freedom, and oneness arising from a life bereft of social interaction? Chris Wheatley, Longreads, 8 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of oneness was before the 12th century

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“Oneness.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Jun. 2023.

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one·​ness ˈwən-nəs How to pronounce oneness (audio)
: the quality, state, or fact of being one
our oneness with the rest of humanity

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