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amity

[am-i-tee] /ˈæm ɪ ti/
noun
1.
friendship; peaceful harmony.
2.
mutual understanding and a peaceful relationship, especially between nations; peace; accord.
Origin of amity
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English amit(i)e < Middle French amitie, Old French amiste(t) < Vulgar Latin *amicitāt-, stem of amīcitās, derivative of Latin amīcus. See ami, amiable, -ity
Can be confused
amity, enmity.

Amity

[am-i-tee] /ˈæm ɪ ti/
noun
1.
a female given name.
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  • It was a curious custom which prevailed in the amity church.

    By the Light of the Soul Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  • What is so excellent as strict relations of amity, when they spring from this deep root?

    Essays, Second Series Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • amity had existed between him and Steward, for they had sat at table, and drunk together.

  • These ran to the hut of one of the assassins, with whom they had lived on terms of amity.

  • Thus in amity dwelt the Claghorns, employing the summer days in innocent diversion.

  • He also succeeded in negotiating a treaty of amity and commerce.

    Hidden Treasures Harry A. Lewis
  • They therefore insisted on concluding a treaty of amity and commerce, without paying due attention to its terms.

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  • Did not I make to your leader all the signs of amity and goodwill?

    Two Gallant Sons of Devon Harry Collingwood
  • The vehicles and horses are accommodated in a fine stable on amity Street, near Broadway.

  • Fortunately, the boat was soon alongside the amity: Peter hailed the deck.

    The Two Shipmates William H. G. Kingston
British Dictionary definitions for amity

amity

/ˈæmɪtɪ/
noun (pl) -ties
1.
friendship; cordiality
Word Origin
C15: from Old French amité, from Medieval Latin amīcitās friendship, from Latin amīcus friend
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Word Origin and History for amity
n.

mid-15c., "friendly relations," from Old French amitie (13c.); earlier amistie (11c.), from Vulgar Latin *amicitatem (nominative *amicitas) "friendship," corresponding to Latin amicitia, from amicus (adj.) "friendly;" related to amare "to love" (see Amy).

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