Definitions

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  • noun The quality of being chosen.

Etymologies

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chosen +‎ -ness

Examples

  • It's gotten to the point where I can't sort out whose Chosen One-ness came first and who's chosenness is informing whose, but Anakin Skywalker and Harry Potter, but it's now impossible for me not to see the two boy-heroes, stories as running commentaries on each other.

    Chosen ones

  • But chosenness is a real element in Jewish culture.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Forthcoming TNR Piece on Human Rights Watch

  • It's gotten to the point where I can't sort out whose Chosen One-ness came first and who's chosenness is informing whose, but Anakin Skywalker and Harry Potter, but it's now impossible for me not to see the two boy-heroes, stories as running commentaries on each other.

    Lance Mannion:

  • Without the Messianic hope, the idea of chosenness meant eternal segregation; without faith in chosenness, which charged one specific people with the redemption of the world, Messianic hope evaporated into the dim cloud of general philanthropy and universalism which became so characteristic of specifically Jewish political enthusiasm.

    The Chosen Peoples

  • Each transposed the idea of chosenness into its own key.

    The Chosen Peoples

  • In other words, the idea of chosenness, once it came into the world, hardened into a portable ensemble, an ideological package, ready at hand but also adaptable, one that could be turned to use by other peoples, or at least by the would-be leaders of other peoples as they go about the process of acquiring credentials to justify their ascendancy.

    The Chosen Peoples

  • Alone among the families of women and men, each took the idea of chosenness as a cornerstone for a newly founded identity.

    The Chosen Peoples

  • In other words, the idea of chosenness, once it came into the world, hardened into a portable ensemble, an ideological package, ready at hand but also adaptable, one that could be turned to use by other peoples, or at least by the would-be leaders of other peoples as they go about the process of acquiring credentials to justify their ascendancy.

    The Chosen Peoples

  • The missing alternative is to embrace the idea of chosenness in a different key: to understand it not as a mandate but as a burden to be gladly shouldered—a divine commandment to build a society that treats its sons, daughters, neighbors, and strangers with compassion and grace and at the same time renounces any claim of superiority.

    The Chosen Peoples

  • Still, for centuries, choice through piety was the prime way to live out the idea of chosenness.

    The Chosen Peoples

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