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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


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n. - The essence that makes something the kind of thing it is and makes it different from any other; An evasion of the point of an argument by raising irrelevant distinctions or objections.

Usage examples (35)
  • I was reminded of contranyms when Matt sent me an email about the word quiddity which means both “essence” and “hairsplitting distinction.”
  • It has therefore been termed the quiddity of the thing.
  • In search of quip and quiddity I've sat all day, alone, apart
  • The quiddity of a thing is what makes it the sort of thing it is. for more
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