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[uhth -er-nis] /ˈʌð ər nɪs/
the state or fact of being different or distinct.
Origin of otherness
1580-90; other + -ness Unabridged
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  • In both cases, however, the nation refuses to tolerate otherness.
  • One historicizes height as convention and metaphor, a symbol of dominance or otherness, a relic of imperialism and nativism.
  • It is astounding how many people bash the president not for anything else but because of his ostensible otherness.
  • Their common trait is a penchant for conjuring otherness out of the oddest things.
  • Thus is the mystery of otherness constantly mitigated by the comfort of the familiar.
  • But the acknowledgment of otherness is itself a form of intimacy.
British Dictionary definitions for otherness


the quality of being different or distinct in appearance, character, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for otherness

1580s, from other + -ness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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