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originality

[uh-rij-uh-nal-i-tee] /əˌrɪdʒ əˈnæl ɪ ti/
noun
1.
the quality or state of being original.
2.
ability to think or express oneself in an independent and individual manner; creative ability.
3.
freshness or novelty, as of an idea, method, or performance.
Origin of originality
1735-1745
1735-45; < French originalité. See original, -ity
Related forms
unoriginality, noun
Synonyms
1, 3. inventiveness, ingenuity, cleverness, creativeness.
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  • They are not familiar to me, and yet I confess to a vague feeling of unoriginality.

    Tales of Fantasy and Fact Brander Matthews
  • But there is a point at which unoriginality may become a sin.

    Parkhurst Boys Talbot Baines Reed
  • The unoriginality, however, is rather in the style than in the matter, and so will be more fitly remarked under the head of Style.

  • I said a moment ago that the most striking characteristic of the dilettanti is unoriginality.

    Books and Persons Arnold Bennett
British Dictionary definitions for unoriginality

originality

/əˌrɪdʒɪˈnælɪtɪ/
noun (pl) -ties
1.
the quality or condition of being original
2.
the ability to create or innovate
3.
something original
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Word Origin and History for unoriginality

originality

n.

1742, from original (adj.) + -ity. Probably after French originalité (1690s).

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