Quiddities
Quiddity Quid"di*ty, n.; pl. {Quiddities}. [LL. quidditas, fr. L. quid what, neut. of quis who, akin to E. who: cf. F. quiddit['e].] 1. The essence, nature, or distinctive peculiarity, of a thing; that which answers the question, Quid est? or, What is it? `` The degree of nullity and quiddity.'' --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

The quiddity or characteristic difference of poetry as distinguished from prose. --De Quincey. [1913 Webster]

2. A trifling nicety; a cavil; a quibble. [1913 Webster]

We laugh at the quiddities of those writers now. --Coleridge. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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