Definitions

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  • n. The state or condition of being two; duality; doubleness; duplicity.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state or condition of being two; doubleness; duplicity.

Etymologies

From two +‎ -ness. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • _Vexirfehler_ appears we should have to say that one point is above the threshold for twoness, which is a queer contradiction, to say the least.

    Harvard Psychological Studies, Volume 1 Containing Sixteen Experimental Investigations from the Harvard Psychological Laboratory.

  • Simpson continued to struggle with the "twoness" described by W.E.B. Du Bois in "The Souls of Black Folk" nearly a century ago -- the higher he reached for trappings of the white world, the more he distanced himself from his beginnings.

    Day & Night

  • But the sick person either never develops his identity, or else cannot tolerate his "twoness," or separation.

    One Cosmos

  • Protected from the usual childhood troughs of emotion by their twoness.

    Bad Dad

  • One ever feels his twoness, -- an American, a Negro; two warring souls, two thoughts, two unreconciled strivings; two warring ideals in one dark body, whose dogged strength alone keeps it from being torn asunder. from "Of Our Spiritual Strivings" in The Souls of Black Folk.

    sunday culture.

  • It was rewarding that God used us to help other twins experience the joy of “oneness” in their “twoness.”

    Chicken Soup for the Soul: Twins and More

  • However, the hyphenated identity of African-American came into widespread use during the 1980s, and it encapsulates graphically, on the page and in the mind, the “twoness” that Du Bois describes.

    W. E. B. Du Bois, Carol Swain, and African-American Duality

  • One ever feels his twoness, –an American, a Negro; two souls, two thoughts, two unreconciled strivings; two warring ideals in one dark body, whose dogged strength alone keeps it from being torn asunder 214-215.

    W. E. B. Du Bois, Carol Swain, and African-American Duality

  • But -- with a "twoness of being" that DuBois probably didn't imagine when he coined the term -- it was a deeply conflicted moment.

    Terrance Heath: Marriage Matters to Us

  • My response to the events of the past week have been informed by that "twoness of being," and a conflict that demands I prioritize one part of my identity over another.

    Terrance Heath: Marriage Matters to Us

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