difformity

Related to difformity: deformity

difformity

(dɪˈfɔːmɪtɪ)
n
archaic the quality of being different or irregular in form
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He distinguishes three times (morae) for an angel: creation, in which there is a uniformity of angels; difformity, in which the good angels act meritoriously and the had defy God; and an end (terminus), at which the good are confirmed in supernatural beatitude and the bad are damned.
Clagett, Nicole Oresme and the Medieval Geometry of Qualities andMotions, A treatise on the uniformity and difformity of intensities known as Tractatus de configurationibus qualitatum et motuum.
3) Likewise, Peirce was equally emphatic that chance or spontaneity is also operative in natural processes so that physical laws are statistical generalizations rather than absolute determinations of the way things work; continuity amid such variety in nature is preserved by "the tendency of all things to take habits," to move "from difformity to uniformity.