Quiddity

Definition of Quiddity

Quid´di`ty
n.1.The essence, nature, or distinctive peculiarity, of a thing; that which answers the question, Quid est? or, What is it?
The quiddity or characteristic difference of poetry as distinguished from prose.
- De Quincey.
2.A trifling nicety; a cavil; a quibble.
We laugh at the quiddities of those writers now.
- Coleridge.

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