Slightness becomes supplanted by comparative solidity, commonness by novelty, lowness and irregularity by symmetry and height.
If you do not realize the commonness of these tragedies, may God help you!
It is only when you tack hardness and commonness on them and think ugliness has a real virtue in it.
In the commonness of their work they became as one: he the body, she the soul.
Was there a streak of commonness in her that made possible such a scene as she had just gone through?
There is a touch of commonness about his voice, but he is not uneducated.
I am ashamed of the satisfaction I found myself taking in her commonness.
commonness vanished before Ewart, at his expository touch all things became memorable and rare.
The sight loses none of its sadness and pathos by its commonness; only the horror is gone, giving place to apathy and stupor.
This commonness of experience and of present effort had made him seem very near to her—very attainable.
c.1300, "belonging to all, general," from Old French comun "common, general, free, open, public" (9c., Modern French commun), from Latin communis "in common, public, shared by all or many; general, not specific; familiar, not pretentious," from PIE *ko-moin-i- "held in common," compound adjective formed from *ko- "together" + *moi-n-, suffixed form of root *mei- "change, exchange" (see mutable), hence literally "shared by all."
Second element of the compound also is the source of Latin munia "duties, public duties, functions," those related to munia "office." Perhaps reinforced in Old French by the Germanic form of PIE *ko-moin-i- (cf. Old English gemæne "common, public, general, universal;" see mean (adj.)), which came to French via Frankish.
Used disparagingly of women and criminals since c.1300. Common pleas is 13c., from Anglo-French communs plets, hearing civil actions by one subject against another as opposed to pleas of the crown. Common prayer is contrasted with private prayer. Common stock is attested from 1888.
late 15c., "land held in common," from common (adj.). Commons "the third estate of the English people as represented in Parliament," is from late 14c. Latin communis also served as a noun meaning "common property, state, commonwealth."