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homogeneity

[hoh-muh-juh-nee-i-tee, hom-uh-] /ˌhoʊ mə dʒəˈni ɪ ti, ˌhɒm ə-/
noun
1.
composition from like parts, elements, or characteristics; state or quality of being homogeneous.
Also, homogeneousness
[hoh-muh-jee-nee-uh s-nis, -jeen-yuh s-, hom-uh-] /ˌhoʊ məˈdʒi ni əs nɪs, -ˈdʒin yəs-, ˌhɒm ə-/ (Show IPA)
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Origin
1615-1625
1615-25; < Medieval Latin homogeneitās, equivalent to homogene(us) homogeneous + -itās -ity
Related forms
nonhomogeneity, noun
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Examples for homogeneity
  • Although the benefits of such industrialization were lower prices and better products, the cost was homogeneity.
  • Yet this new homogeneity also carried the price of anonymity, making it difficult to distinguish one dancer from another.
  • And a homogeneity of voice neutralizes genuine characterization.
  • One key point is the need to dispel fallacious stereotypes of the homogeneity of the elderly population.
  • Imagine what the museum might have been had it decided to eliminate exaggerated effects and dull homogeneity.
  • It encourages homogeneity and blandness in our diet and environment.
  • In the long run, this homogeneity deadens creativity.
  • But some see the rezoning as tending to lock in the homogeneity of certain neighborhoods.
  • Continental makes no effort at homogeneity but gives flight attendants flexibility in choosing their schedules.
  • Civilization is a progress from an indefinite, incoherent homogeneity toward a definite, coherent heterogeneity.
homogeneity in Culture
homogeneity [(hoh-muh-juh-nee-uh-tee, hoh-muh-juh-nay-uh-tee)]

Cultural, social, biological, or other similarities within a group. (Compare heterogeneity.)

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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