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[yoo-bik-wi-tee] /yuˈbɪk wɪ ti/
the state or capacity of being everywhere, especially at the same time; omnipresence:
the ubiquity of magical beliefs.
(initial capital letter) Theology. the omnipresence of God or Christ.
1570-80; < Neo-Latin ubiquitās, equivalent to Latin ubīqu(e) everywhere + -itās -ity Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Examples for ubiquity
  • The ubiquity of digital spectacles and curiosities today is one reason performance art has had its thunder stolen.
  • One reason is the pernicious ubiquity of credit cards, with punishing rates of interest.
  • It is easy to overlook the ubiquity of images in the modern world.
  • And the ubiquity of these creatures throughout the world's oceans makes them a silent sentinel of environmental change.
  • Twitter and their cousins have evolved from college fad to global ubiquity in seven short years.
  • Links within the wiki are extremely important, and the ease and ubiquity of linking is what makes wiki useful.
  • And its ubiquity is proof that every age finds the heroes it needs.
  • The ubiquity of this phrase was a blight on the linguistic landscape.
  • Hunt for this well-written piece about the ubiquity of endocrine disruptors.
  • The ubiquity of e-mail and instant messaging means it takes extra effort to sever ties when a relationship ends.
Word Origin and History for ubiquity
1579, from M.Fr. ubiquité (17c.), from L. ubique "everywhere," from ubi "where" (see ubi) + que "any, also, ever," a suffix that can give universal meaning to the word it is attached to. Originally a Lutheran theological position maintaining the omnipresence of Christ. Ubiquitous in the sense of "turning up everywhere" is first recorded 1837, originally a jocular extension of the theological word.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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