Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Long duration; lastingness.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Long duration; lastingness.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Length of time; long duration.

Etymologies

From Latin diuturnitatem. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Stein, the writer continues, uses "words that appeal to her as having the meaning they _seem_ to have [that is, if" diuturnity "suggests a tumble downstairs, it _means_ a tumble downstairs].

    Definitions: Essays in Contemporary Criticism

  • And therefore, restless inquietude for the diuturnity of our memories unto the present considerations seems a vanity almost out of date, and superannuated piece of folly.

    Hydriotaphia, or Urn-burial

  • Now since these dead bones have already outlasted the living ones of Methuselah, and in a yard underground, and thin walls of clay, outworn all the strong and specious buildings above it; and quietly rested under the drums and tramplings of three conquests: what prince can promise such diuturnity unto his relicks, or might not gladly say,

    Hydriotaphia, or Urn-burial

  • Better remember that, folks: diuturnity is a dream and folly of expectation.

    What song the sirens sang

  • Now since these dead bones have already outlasted the living ones of Methuselah and in a yard under ground and thin walls of clay outworn all the strong and spacious buildings above it, and quietly rested under the drums and tramplings of three conquests; what Prince can promise such diuturnity unto his reliques or might not gladly say

    The Principles of English Versification

  • The most of us writers hope and stake for a diuturnity of fame; and some of us get it.

    From a Cornish Window A New Edition

  • Some study diuturnity upon two meals a day, or pursue old age by means of "unfired food," Others devour roots by moonlight, or savagely dine upon a pocket of raw beans.

    Essays in Rebellion

  • Since the brother [134] of death daily haunts us with dying mementoes, and time that grows old in itself bids us hope no long duration; diuturnity is a dream and folly of expectation ....

    From Chaucer to Tennyson

  • The pompous, respectable, full-wigged folios, with their long lists of subscribers, and their magniloquent dedications, find their permanent abiding-places in noblemen's collections, where, unless -- with the _Chrysostom_ in Pope's verses -- they are used for the smoothing of bands or the pressing of flowers, no one ever disturbs their drowsy diuturnity.

    De Libris: Prose and Verse

  • 'And, therefore, restless inquietude for the diuturnity of our memories with present considerations seems a vanity out of date, and a superannuated piece of folly.

    Hours in a Library, Volume I. (of III.)

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