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Saturday, April 18, 2009

Definitions for quiddity

  1. The essence, nature, or distinctive peculiarity of a thing.
  2. A hairsplitting distinction; a trifling point; a quibble.
  3. An eccentricity; an odd feature.

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Citations for quiddity
He wanted to capture not just live animals, but the aliveness of animals in their natural state: their wildness, their quiddity, the fox-ness of the fox and the crow-ness of the crow Thomas Nye, New York Times
She has looked after my interests with consummate skill, dealt with my quiddities and constantly kept up my spirits. John Brewer, The Pleasures of the Imagination
Origin of quiddity
Quiddity comes from the scholastic Medieval Latin term quidditas, "essence," from quid, "what."