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  • The doctor could not make a move in public that it did not inspire Field to some new quidity involving his alleged belief in witches, his envy and admiration of his son's prowess at base-ball, and his real and extensive familiarity with libraries and literature.

    Eugene Field A Study In Heredity And Contradictions

  • (“entity”), hecceitas (“this-ness”) and quidditas (“quidity”) for grammatical reasons: these terms do not conform to the rules of word formation in Latin.

    Lorenzo Valla


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  • Yes, the OED lists it as a known (mis)spelling of quiddity.

    August 2, 2009

  • This could potentially be a misspelt word. According to quiddity is 1. the quality that makes a thing what it is; the essential nature of a thing.

    2. a trifling nicety of subtle distinction, as in argument.

    August 2, 2009

  • Quid means 'what' in latin doesn't it?

    August 2, 2009

  • Just rescued this from the orphanage, so someone besides myself originally entered it. Can't find much on it anywhere, except for this blog post, which defines it as "the essence, nature, or distinctive peculiarity of a thing."

    Fine word, somewhat mysterious. Anyone know any more about it?

    August 2, 2009


    August 2, 2009