Definitions

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  • n. entirety

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The state or condition of being entire; completeness; fullness; totality.
  • n. Integrity; wholeness of heart; honesty.
  • n. Oneness; unity; -- applied to a condition of intimacy or close association.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Completeness; fullness; unbroken form or state: as, the entireness of an arch or a bridge.
  • n. Integrity; wholeness of heart; faithfulness: as, the entireness of one's devotion to a cause.
  • n. Intimacy; familiarity.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the state of being total and complete

Etymologies

entire +‎ -ness (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • (Soundbite of laughter) Ms. JACKSON: Well, I'm not a multi-tasker in the entireness that we talk about it.

    Janet Jackson, Tyler Perry 'Get Married'

  • The scene itself is picturesque in the highest conceivable idea of architectural representation; far more so, indeed, from its dilapidated state …, than can possibly consist with any entireness, however accompanied, of the most complicated and magnificent edifice (195-6).

    Making Visible: The Diorama, the Double and the (Gothic) Subject

  • They have discovered that the length of the time we have now been in commission has rotted our ships and wasted our crews, and that with the entireness of our crews and the soundness of our ships the pristine efficiency of our navy has departed.

    The History of the Peloponnesian War

  • Even when cleft or bored through it is not comprehended in its entireness.

    Walden

  • And generally let this be a rule, that all partitions of knowledges be accepted rather for lines and veins than for sections and separations; and that the continuance and entireness of knowledge be preserved.

    The Advancement of Learning

  • In a state of things holding out any encouragement to that most audacious and profligate of all breaches of trust, even this entireness of constitutional dependence is but

    Representative Government

  • For even then I was, I lived, and felt; and had an implanted providence over my well-being — a trace of that mysterious Unity whence I was derived; I guarded by the inward sense the entireness of my senses, and in these minute pursuits, and in my thoughts on things minute,

    The Confessions

  • And generally let this be a rule, that all partitions of knowledge be accepted rather for lines and veins, than for sections and separations; and that the continuance and entireness of knowledge be preserved.

    At The Juncture Of Theory And Practice: Remarks On Receiving The Henry Knowles Beecher Award

  • I must tell you of a record of St Bede's, which shows how gladly Ireland in old days, as ever, shared the priceless gift which she of all countries, received with the most passionate entireness and held with the most unswerving steadfastness.

    Our Catholic Heritage in English Literature of Pre-Conquest Days

  • It is the graces of the Spirit which harmonize the man, and make him one; and that is the end, and aim, and object of all the Gospel: the entireness of sanctification to produce a perfectly developed man.

    Sermons Preached at Brighton Third Series

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