Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Manifoldness; specifically, extreme numerousness; numerosity; multitudinousness; the character of existing in such great numbers as to give the averages of chance the character of certainly and law.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. rare Multiplicity.
- Latin, from multus ("much, many"). (Wiktionary)
““Unity in multiplicity” is Coleridge's favorite aes - thetic formula, which he repeats in many guises (“unity in multeity,” il più nell'uno, etc.).”
“In order to derive pleasure from the occupation of the mind, the principle of unity must always be present, so that in the midst of the multeity the cetripetal force be never suspended, nor the sense be fatigued by the predominance of the centrifugal force.”
“This unity in multeity I have elsewhere stated as the principle of beauty.”
“Scriptural sense of the 'ground,' the Hades, the multeity, the many”
“The particles themselves must have an interior and gravitative being, and the multeity must be a removable or at least suspensible accident.”
“In order to derive pleasure from the occupation of the mind, the principle of unity must always be present, so that in the midst of the multeity the centripetal force be never suspended, nor the sense be fatigued by the predominance of the centrifugal force.”
“It confounded, I say, the multeity below intellect, that is, unintelligible from defect of the subject, with the absolute identity above all intellect, that is, transcending comprehension by the plenitude of its excellence.”
“When the whole and the parts are seen at once, as mutually producing and explaining each other as unity in multeity, there results shapeliness, forma formosa.”
“I trust, that I have not extended this privilege beyond the grounds on which I have claimed it; namely, the conveniency of the scholastic phrase to distinguish the kind from all degrees, or rather to express the kind with the abstraction of degree, as for instance multeity instead of multitude; or secondly, for the sake of correspondence in sound in interdependent or antithetical terms, as subject and object; or lastly, to avoid the wearying recurrence of circumlocutions and definitions.”
“(Vide Lawrence’s Lectures, p. 121.) 11 Much against my will I repeat this scholastic term, _multeity_, but”
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