from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A group or set of four.
- n. The state of being four; fourness.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The number four.
- n. The union of four in one, as of four persons; -- analogous to the theological term trinity.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state of being four; the condition of making up the number four.
- n. A group of four.
- n. [capitalized] Especially, the union of four persons in one godhead. Compare trinity, 3.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the cardinal number that is the sum of three and one
And to draw the last of my title quaternity into the discussion, Edward Tufte proposes as a “grand truth about human behvior that, as Van Wyck Brooks said, “It is a principle that shines impartially on the just and the unjust that once you have a point of view all history will back you up.”
Mayan metaphysics mirrored what Jung has called the element of “fourness,” or quaternity, that seems to be so prominent an aspect of the life of the unconscious collective landscape across various cultures (op.cit. at 62).
Christenson writes that quaternity is still evident in Maya ritual today: “The placement of offerings at the four corners and center of a house is a common Maya practice, the sacrificial animals serving as the spirit co-essence of the house and of those who live and work within it.”
Then the Roman has implanted his dark complexion in the trinity or quaternity of bloods.
With our love to the entire quaternity of you, Yours ever,
Understanding of what is, and what to do, requires a balance of this quaternity.
The first section presents a model for the human identity based on Jung's quaternity, and argues that our modern psychological and social problems stem largely from imbalance between the four elements of our identity.
I've written about the quaternity at least obliquely before, from a short winter story I wrote four years ago.
Christ, both God and man, is one person, not two persons, lest our faith be not a trinity, but a quaternity?
Breaking his duality up into a more complex quaternity, it doesn’t seem entirely off the ball to me at first sight.