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Meaning of QUIDDITY

Pronunciation:  'kwiditee

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  the essence that makes something the kind of thing it is and makes it different from any other
  2. [n]  an evasion of the point of an argument by raising irrelevant distinctions or objections
 

QUIDDITY is a 8 letter word that starts with Q.

 

 Synonyms: haecceity, quibble
 
 See Also: center, core, equivocation, essence, evasion, gist, heart, heart and soul, inwardness, kernel, marrow, meat, nitty-gritty, nub, pith, substance, sum

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Quid"di*ty\, n.; pl. {Quiddities}. [LL. quidditas, fr.
L. quid what, neut. of quis who, akin to E. who: cf. F.
quiddit['e].]
1. The essence, nature, or distinctive peculiarity, of a
   thing; that which answers the question, Quid est? or, What
   is it? `` The degree of nullity and quiddity.'' --Bacon.

         The quiddity or characteristic difference of poetry
         as distinguished from prose.          --De Quincey.

2. A trifling nicety; a cavil; a quibble.

         We laugh at the quiddities of those writers now.
                                               --Coleridge.

 

 

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