Definitions

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  • n. The quality or state of being many.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state or quality of being many in number; numerousness; multiplicity.

Etymologies

many +‎ -ness (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Seen deeply enough, then, America has charted a course for itself where it must lead beyond the wars that have characterized one long epoch of human civilization - a time of perceived "manyness" - to an era in which our sense of "one-ness" triumphs.

    E Pluribus Unum

  • War is an expression of our "manyness" whereas peace is an expression of our "oneness."

    E Pluribus Unum

  • A certain abstract monism, a certain emotional response to the character of oneness, as if it were a feature of the world not coordinate with its manyness, but vastly more excellent and eminent, is so prevalent in educated circles that we might almost call it part of philosophic common sense.

    Monism

  • You end up with characters saying things like, A manyness of dogs.

    Archive 2006-04-01

  • The Logos lures the created and uncreated realms “below” it, thus unifying the manyness of being with the One.

    CREATION IN RELIGION

  • The geometrical analogy is a most illuminating one, for it enables us to understand how manyness may be indispensable to a being that is essentially unitary.

    The Approach to Philosophy

  • All further ideas about it, such as the oneness or manyness of the spiritual substance on which it is based, are therefore void of intelligible meaning; and propositions touching such ideas may be indifferently affirmed or denied.

    The Varieties of Religious Experience

  • (And let it not be objected that the whole may be apprehended through some of the parts only), for manyness which abides in all its substrates together (i.e. in all the many things), is not apprehended so long as only some of those substrates are apprehended.

    The Vedanta-Sutras with the Commentary by Sankaracarya Sacred Books of the East, Volume 1

  • The eeriness of the world, the mischief and the manyness, the littleness of the forces, the magical surprises, the unaccountability of every agent, these surely are the characters most impressive at that stage of culture, these communicate the thrills of curiosity and the earliest intellectual stirrings.

    A Pluralistic Universe Hibbert Lectures at Manchester College on the Present Situation in Philosophy

  • It is the general conceptualist difficulty of any one thing being the same with many things, either at once or in succession, for the abstract concepts of oneness and manyness must needs exclude each other.

    A Pluralistic Universe Hibbert Lectures at Manchester College on the Present Situation in Philosophy

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