Quiddity

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Noun

Quiddity (plural quiddities)
  1. The essence or inherent nature of a person or thing.
    • 1962: My vision reeked with truth. It had the tone, / The quiddity and quaintness of its own / Reality. — Vladimir Nabokov, Pale Fire
  2. A trifle; a nicety or quibble
  3. An eccentricity; an odd feature

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axiom, cavil, center, core, dodge, elixir, essence, essential, flower, focus, fundamental, gist, gravamen, heart, hypostasis, inner essence, jesuitism, kernel, marrow, meat, nub, nucleus, nuts and bolts, pith, postulate, principle, quibble, quid, quillet, quintessence, quip, quirk, quodlibet, sap, shuffle, soul, spirit, stuff, substance, the nitty-gritty

Etymology

From Medieval Latin quidditas, from Latin quid + -itas

Pronunciation

  • IPA: /ˈkwɪdɪti/

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