noun (plural quiddities)chiefly Philosophy
- 1The inherent nature or essence of someone or something.More example sentences
- And so we need only consider these two works in order to discover his particular view of being, essence and quiddity that specifies his philosophical thinking.
- For there is no knowledge of things insofar as they are external in effect, but insofar as their nature and quiddity is grasped by the mind.
- Immanence should not be equated with essence, if by essence we mean a substratum of materiality inherent in things; a quality or quiddity to which all things can be reduced.
- 1.1A distinctive feature; a peculiarity: his quirks and quidditiesMore example sentences
- He occasionally quarrelled with his fellow justices over what he described as the ‘quirks and quiddities’ of the law.
- Imitating the great singers with full respect to their quiddities and idiosyncrasies isn't easy.
- She has her eye on a like void when she describes Shakespeare's fascination with ‘human variability,’ how he could ‘create all kinds of human grotesques out of quiddities of speech and mannerism.’
late Middle English: from medieval Latin quidditas, from Latin quid 'what'.
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