Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The manner in which Latin is used in speaking or writing.
  • n. Latin quality or character: Her speech was marked by florid Latinity.
  • n. A Latinism.
  • n. Latin literature: This concept is not found in all of Latinity.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Latin character
  • n. Latin literature considered as a whole
  • n. The quality of a particular person's Latin speech or writing
  • n. A Latinism

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The Latin tongue, style, or idiom, or the use thereof; specifically, purity of Latin style or idiom.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Use of the Latin language; method of speaking or writing Latin; Latin style or idiom.
  • n. The condition of being a Roman citizen.

Etymologies

From Latin Latīnitās, from Latin Latīnus ("Latin") (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • "The first called Latinity or Latin, the second Italian right."

    The Commonwealth of Oceana

  • In the examination of a specific phrase — the cwæð Orosius (“Orosius said”) — I will position the time of Latinity and the representation of Orosius as indicators of a connection being made across times, as it were.

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  • Lackluster Cuban sandwiches and nacho bowls are a foregone failure if meant to appeal to customers with more precise ideas of Latinity.

    Taste-Testing New York Baseball

  • Court, faculty, and audience, in set terms, and said a few words upon a text of the civil law, to show his Latinity and jurisprudence.

    Redgauntlet

  • REI VENDITAE, and is a very pretty piece of Latinity. —

    Redgauntlet

  • The Latinity was attacked and exception taken to Silver Age prose in which was found a French police regulation which required newly arrived travellers to register their names in the book of a police officer of an Italian village of the first century.

    Satyricon

  • We know that in the dark ages it was customary to write ecclesiastical works on the manuscripts containing the best authors of Latinity.

    Satyricon

  • In our own time, two extraordinary scholarly enterprises have renewed the vigor of Latinity: the Catalogus Translationum et Commentariorum (CTC) and the I Tatti Renaissance Library (ITRL), the first led by Professor Virginia Brown of the Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies, Toronto, the second by Professor James Hankins of Harvard University.

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  • The distinction made by word order is an artificial one, of course, and drew undeserved negative comment from Renaissance humanists concerned with good Latinity.

    William Heytesbury

  • But their responses to declining Latinity are different.

    The Ne Plus Ultra of Languages

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