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quaternity

[kwuh-tur-ni-tee] /kwəˈtɜr nɪ ti/
noun, plural quaternities.
1.
a group or set of four.
Origin of quaternity
1520-1530
1520-30; < Late Latin quaternitās, equivalent to Latin quatern(ī) four each, four at a time + -itās -ity
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  • Only one of these paths was here open, and the quaternity even rushed into it.

    The Court of Cacus Alexander Leighton
  • And yet this might not necessarily involve the conversion of the Trinity into a quaternity.

    Tragic Sense Of Life Miguel de Unamuno
  • These remarks occur to us as we are now to follow the fortunes of the remaining three of the quaternity.

    The Court of Cacus Alexander Leighton
British Dictionary definitions for quaternity

quaternity

/kwəˈtɜːnɪtɪ/
noun (pl) -ties
1.
a group of four, esp a concept of God as consisting of four persons
Word Origin
C16: from Late Latin quaternitās, from Latin quaternī by fours; see quaternary
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