Definition of unicum in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈjuːnɪkəm/

noun (plural unica)

A unique example or specimen: the castle is not a unicum, it fits into the California tourist landscape with perfect coherence
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  • They preserve many unica, especially the instrumental ensemble pieces in Eg.3665, and contain all his published music up to and including 16,12.
  • The unicus / unicum shares the possible/impossible structure of the secret and the sublime.
  • That is, Levi's Auschwitz as unicum embodies the aporia of an example that can never be exemplary, because it cannot be subsumed into its exemplar.


Late 19th century: from Latin, neuter of unicus 'unique'.

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