Definition of “quiddity” in English

quiddity

Line breaks: quid|dity

Pronunciation: /ˈkwɪdɪt

quiddity

Line breaks: quid|dity

Pronunciation: /ˈkwɪdɪti/

noun (plural quiddities)

1[MASS NOUN] chiefly Philosophy The inherent nature or essence of someone or something.

2A distinctive feature; a peculiarity:his quirks and quiddities

Origin

Late Middle English: from medieval Latin quidditas, from Latin quid ‘what’.

Words that rhyme with quiddity

acidity, acridity, aridity, avidity, cupidity, flaccidity, fluidity, frigidity, humidity, hybridity, insipidity, intrepidity, limpidity, liquidity, lividity, lucidity, morbidity, placidity, putridity, rabidity, rancidity, rapidity, rigidity, solidity, stolidity, stupidity, tepidity, timidity, torpidity, torridity, turgidity, validity, vapidity

Definition of quiddity in:

noun (plural quiddities)

1[MASS NOUN] chiefly Philosophy The inherent nature or essence of someone or something.

2A distinctive feature; a peculiarity:his quirks and quiddities

Origin

Late Middle English: from medieval Latin quidditas, from Latin quid ‘what’.

Words that rhyme with quiddity

acidity, acridity, aridity, avidity, cupidity, flaccidity, fluidity, frigidity, humidity, hybridity, insipidity, intrepidity, limpidity, liquidity, lividity, lucidity, morbidity, placidity, putridity, rabidity, rancidity, rapidity, rigidity, solidity, stolidity, stupidity, tepidity, timidity, torpidity, torridity, turgidity, validity, vapidity

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7 thoughts on “Definition of “quiddity” in English

    1. Hi Claudine.It comes from “quid est” apparently.It is used by few people.I saw it in a novel by Antonia Byatt.Also a book about mysticism by Jospehine Klein.As I cpome across these worfs I am sharing them here.I believe it’s empowering to know more words especially for what we call in the UK the working class or lower orders.That’s where I come from.. the bottom of society.:)xx

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      1. Hi Claudine.It comes from “quid est” apparently.It is used by few people.I saw it in a novel by Antonia Byatt.Also a book about mysticism by Jospehine Klein.As I cpome across these worfs I am sharing them here.I believe it’s empowering to know more words especially for what we call in the UK the working class or lower orders.That’s where I come from.. the bottom of society.

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      2. Thank you for this “empowering” lesson!
        But belive me Katherine, there isn’t any “bottom of society”… not in the way I see humanhood 🙂 our Mind/Soul is without colour, nationality or “class”… we are just all the same, included the other living creatures that we call “animals”….
        And Kama forces us inside a body…
        I wish you a lovely day :-)claudine

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      3. I meant in economic terms but in England there is still a consciousness of place and class.However I shall tell you my secret.I once taught mathematics at Oxford.How’s that for a working class girl?I totally agree with you spiritually,Katherine.:)

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