Definition of Quiddity

1. Noun. An evasion of the point of an argument by raising irrelevant distinctions or objections.

Exact synonyms: Cavil, Quibble
Generic synonyms: Equivocation, Evasion
Derivative terms: Cavil, Quibble



2. Noun. The essence that makes something the kind of thing it is and makes it different from any other.

Definition of Quiddity

1. n. The essence, nature, or distinctive peculiarity, of a thing; that which answers the question, Quid est? or, What is it?

Definition of Quiddity

1. Noun. The essence or inherent nature of a person or thing. ¹

2. Noun. A trifle; a nicety or quibble ¹

3. Noun. An eccentricity; an odd feature ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Quiddity

1. the true nature of a thing [n -TIES]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Quiddity

quid
quid pro quibus
quid pro quo
quid pro quos
quidam
quidams
quiddanies
quiddany
quiddative
quidded
quidding
quiddit
quidditative
quiddities
quiddits
quiddity (current term)
quiddle
quiddled
quiddler
quiddlers
quiddles
quiddling
quidlet
quidlets
quidnunc
quidnuncery
quidnuncs
quids
quids in
quiesce

Literary usage of Quiddity

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1. Handbook of the History of Philosophy by Albert Stöckl (1887)
"Thus, for example, all human individuals, when compared together, are found to have the same quiddity, the same TO rl fiv ..."

2. Prodromus, Or an Inquiry Into the First Principles of Reasoning;: Or, An by Graves Champney Haughton (1839)
"This is strikingly exemplified in the words Entity and quiddity. The first of these continues to ... quiddity, derived from the QUIDDITAS of the Schoolmen, ..."

3. Kettner's Book of the Table: A Manual of Cookery, Practical, Theoretical by Eneas Sweetland Dallas (1877)
"... Charles Lamb imagined when, in describing the manner of Munden the actor, he said that it seemed as if he could see a leg of mutton in its quiddity ..."

4. The Art of the Stage as Set Out in Lamb's Dramatic Essays by Charles Lamb, Percy Hetherington Fitzgerald (1885)
"He understands a leg of mutton in its quiddity. He stands wondering, amid the common - place materials of life, ..."

5. The British Magazine and Monthly Register of Religious and Ecclesiastical by Hugh James Rose, Samuel Roffey Maitland (1840)
"In respect of its own essence and quiddity, I believe it is just as much Mahometan as either. H. ON AN ECCLESIASTICAL MAP. SIR,—I beg to avail myself of ..."

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