Definition of alterity in English:

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Pronunciation: /alˈtɛrɪti/


[mass noun] formal
The state of being other or different; otherness: the problem of alterity occurs also in homogeneous societies
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  • The dialectical view, built on the inevitable production of alterity and the necessarily differential structure of language, entails predictable consequences.
  • In my terminology otherness or alterity is definitional, and specifically polar (the two terms of a polar opposition are jointly exhaustive and mutually exclusive).
  • Then, the essay explains that the public sphere of early print is founded on alterity, on Otherness, on the non-English and even the anti-English.


Mid 17th century: from late Latin alteritas, from alter 'other'.

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