Definition of

Quiddity

  1. (noun, cognition) the essence that makes something the kind of thing it is and makes it different from any other
  2. (noun, communication) an evasion of the point of an argument by raising irrelevant distinctions or objections

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Synonyms of Quiddity

cavil, haecceity, quibble

Origin of the word Quiddity

  1. 1539, "captious nicety in argument" from M.L. quidditas, lit. "whatness," from L. quid "what," neut. of quis (see who). Sense developed from scholastic disputes over the nature of things. Original meaning "real essence or nature of a thing" is attested in Eng. from 1569. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

Words that sound like Quiddity

qadi, qaeda, qat, qcd, qed, quad, quat, quest, quick study, quick-sighted, quick-witted, quickest, quickset, quid, quiet, quietude, quit, quite, quite a, quito, quoit, quota, quote

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