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Quiddity

Quiddity Meaning & Definition
Quiddity Definition And Meaning

What's The Definition Of Quiddity?

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

Synonyms | Synonyms for Quiddity: haecceity | quibble

Related Terms | Find terms related to Quiddity:

See Also | center | core | equivocation | essence | evasion | gist | heart | heart and soul | inwardness | kernel | marrow | meat | nitty-gritty | nub | pith | substance | sum

Quiddity In Webster's Dictionary

\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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