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i·den·ti·ty

 (ī-dĕn′tĭ-tē)
n. pl. i·den·ti·ties
1.
a. The condition of being a certain person or thing: What is the identity of the author of the manuscript?
b. The set of characteristics by which a person or thing is definitively recognizable or known: "The identity of the nation had ... been keenly contested in the period of nationalist opposition to Imperial rule" (Judith M. Brown).
c. The awareness that an individual or group has of being a distinct, persisting entity: "He felt more at home thousands of miles from Britain than he did in an English village four miles from his home ... Was he losing his identity?" (Robert Fallon).
2.
a. The fact or condition of being the same as something else: The identity of the two handwriting samples was established by an expert.
b. The fact or condition of being associated or affiliated with something else: the identity between mass and energy.
3. Information, such as an identification number, used to establish or prove a person's individuality, as in providing access to a credit account.
4. Mathematics
a. An equation that is satisfied by any number that replaces the letter for which the equation is defined.
b. Identity element.

[French identité, from Old French identite, from Late Latin identitās, from Latin idem, the same (influenced by Late Latin essentitās, being, and identidem, repeatedly), from id, it; see i- in Indo-European roots.]

identity

(aɪˈdɛntɪtɪ)
n, pl -ties
1. the state of having unique identifying characteristics held by no other person or thing
2. the individual characteristics by which a person or thing is recognized
3. Also called: numerical identity the property of being one and the same individual: his loss of memory did not affect his identity.
4. Also called: qualitative identity the state of being the same in nature, quality, etc: they were linked by the identity of their tastes.
5. the state of being the same as a person or thing described or claimed: the identity of the stolen goods has not yet been established.
6. identification of oneself as: moving to London destroyed his Welsh identity.
7. (Logic) logic
a. that relation that holds only between any entity and itself
b. an assertion that that relation holds, as Cicero is Tully
8. (Mathematics) maths
a. an equation that is valid for all values of its variables, as in (xy)(x + y) = x2y2. Often denoted by the symbol ≡
b. Also called: identity element a member of a set that when operating on another member, x, produces that member x: the identity for multiplication of numbers is 1 since x.1 = 1.x = x. See also inverse2b
9. informal Austral and NZ a well-known person, esp in a specified locality; figure (esp in the phrase an old identity)
[C16: from Late Latin identitās, from Latin idem the same]

i•den•ti•ty

(aɪˈdɛn tɪ ti, ɪˈdɛn-)

n., pl. -ties.
1. the state or fact of remaining the same one, as under varying aspects or conditions.
2. the condition of being oneself or itself, and not another: He doubted his own identity.
3. condition or character as to who a person or what a thing is: a case of mistaken identity.
4. the state or fact of being the same one as described.
5. the sense of self, providing sameness and continuity in personality over time.
6. exact likeness in nature or qualities: an identity of interests.
7. an instance or point of sameness or likeness.
8. Logic. an assertion that two terms refer to the same thing.
9. Math.
a. an equation that is valid for all values of its variables.
b. Also called iden′tity el`ement. an element in a set such that the element operating on any other element of the set leaves the second element unchanged.
[1560–70; < Late Latin identitās= Latin ident(idem) repeatedly, again and again (earlier *idem et idem) + -itās -ity]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.identity - the distinct personality of an individual regarded as a persisting entity; "you can lose your identity when you join the army"
personality - the complex of all the attributes--behavioral, temperamental, emotional and mental--that characterize a unique individual; "their different reactions reflected their very different personalities"; "it is his nature to help others"
gender identity - your identity as it is experienced with regard to your individuality as male or female; awareness normally begin in infancy and is reinforced during adolescence
identification - the attribution to yourself (consciously or unconsciously) of the characteristics of another person (or group of persons)
personhood - being a person; "finding her own personhood as a campus activist"
2.identity - the individual characteristics by which a thing or person is recognized or known; "geneticists only recently discovered the identity of the gene that causes it"; "it was too dark to determine his identity"; "she guessed the identity of his lover"
recognition, identification - the process of recognizing something or someone by remembering; "a politician whose recall of names was as remarkable as his recognition of faces"; "experimental psychologists measure the elapsed time from the onset of the stimulus to its recognition by the observer"
3.identity - an operator that leaves unchanged the element on which it operates; "the identity under numerical multiplication is 1"
operator - (mathematics) a symbol or function representing a mathematical operation
4.identity - exact sameness; "they shared an identity of interests"
sameness - the quality of being alike; "sameness of purpose kept them together"
oneness, unity - the quality of being united into one
selfsameness - the quality of being identical with itself

identity

noun
1. name, details, specification The police soon established his true identity.

identity

noun
1. The set of behavioral or personal characteristics by which an individual is recognizable:
2. The quality or condition of being exactly the same as something else:
Translations
هَوِيَّةٌهَويَّه، شَخْصِيَّه
totožnost
identitet
henkilöllisyysidentiteettiidentiteettialkioidenttinen funktio
identitet
òaî aî vera tiltekinn maîur
身元
정체성
asmens liudijimas
identitāte
identiteta
identitet
เอกลักษณ์
danh tính

identity

[aɪˈdentɪtɪ]
A. N (all senses) → identidad f
a case of mistaken identityun caso de identificación errónea
to withhold sb's identitysilenciar la identidad de algn
B. CPD identity bracelet Npulsera f identificativa, brazalete m identificativo
identity card Ncarnet m de identidad, cédula f (de identidad) (LAm)
identity crisis Ncrisis f inv de identidad
identity disc Nchapa f de identidad
identity papers NPLdocumentos mpl de identidad, documentación f
identity parade N = identification parade

identity

[aɪˈdɛntɪti] n
(fact of who one is) [person] → identité f
to establish sb's identity → établir l'identité de qn identity card
(= sense of oneself, individuality) [person, race, nation] → identité f
Palestinians see Jerusalem as a symbol of national identity → Les Palestiniens voient en Jérusalem le symbole de leur identité nationale. identity crisisidentity card ID card ncarte f d'identitéidentity crisis ncrise f d'identitéidentity papers ID papers nplpapiers mpl d'identitéidentity parade ID parade n (British)séance f d'identification, parade f d'identificationidentity theft ID theft nvol m d'identité

identity

n
Identität f; to prove one’s identitysich ausweisen; a driving licence will be accepted as proof of identityein Führerschein genügt, um sich auszuweisen; proof of identity (= permit)Legitimation f; a sense of identityein Bewusstsein ntder eigenen Identität ? mistaken
(= identicalness)Gleichheit f, → Übereinstimmung f, → Identität f; identity of interestInteressengleichheit f

identity

:
identity bracelet
nIdentitätsarmband nt
identity card
nAusweis m; (state-issued) → Personalausweis m
identity crisis
identity disc
n (Brit Mil) → Erkennungsmarke f; (for dogs) → Hundemarke f
identity papers
plAusweispapiere pl
identity parade
identity theft
n (Internet) → Identitätsraub m (Straftat, bei der die Identität einer anderen Person vorgegeben wird, auf deren Kosten im Internet eingekauft wird)

identity

[aɪˈdɛntɪtɪ] nidentità f inv
a case of mistaken identity → uno scambio di persona

identity

(aiˈdentəti) noun
who or what a person is. The police are still uncertain of the murderer's identity.
iˈdentity card
a card with a person's name (often also with a photograph) which is carried to show or prove who he/she is.

identity

هَوِيَّةٌ totožnost identitet Identität ταυτότητα identidad henkilöllisyys identité identitet identità 身元 정체성 identiteit identitet tożsamość identidade индивидуальность identitet เอกลักษณ์ kimlik danh tính 身份

i·den·ti·ty

n. identidad, reconocimiento propio;
___ crisiscrisis de ___.

identity

n (pl -ties) identidad f; — crisis crisis f de identidad
References in classic literature ?
As I confronted her, the changes grew less apparent to me, her identity stronger.
echoed the excited woodsman, who was now stubbornly bent on maintaining his identity at every hazard, and on whom the secret hints of Heyward to acquiesce in the deception were entirely lost.
But the fact of his identity did not cause the frown to relax or the rebuke to halt unuttered.
But the incident chimed in so oddly with her previous fancies about the Colonel and the Judge, that, for the moment, it seemed quite to mingle their identity.
It may seem marvellous that, with the world before her -- kept by no restrictive clause of her condemnation within the limits of the Puritan settlement, so remote and so obscure -- free to return to her birth-place, or to any other European land, and there hide her character and identity under a new exterior, as completely as if emerging into another state of being -- and having also the passes of the dark, inscrutable forest open to her, where the wildness of her nature might assimilate itself with a people whose customs and life were alien from the law that had condemned her -- it may seem marvellous that this woman should still call that place her home, where, and where only, she must needs be the type of shame.
Of the positive identity of the apparition I would assure myself as soon as the small clock of my courage should have ticked out the right second; meanwhile, with an effort that was already sharp enough, I transferred my eyes straight to little Flora, who, at the moment, was about ten yards away.
Because no man can ever feel his own identity aright except his eyes be closed; as if darkness were indeed the proper element of our essences, though light be more congenial to our clayey part.
George Shelby, interested, as any other young man might be, by the romance of the incident, no less than by feelings of humanity, was at the pains to send to Cassy the bill of sale of Eliza; whose date and name all corresponded with her own knowledge of facts, and felt no doubt upon her mind as to the identity of her child.
We should not be able to prove our identity -- and the fact is, I am not in a position to try.
I must hold on to that, to preserve a sense of my identity.
Rochester in her eyes; a gentleman, a landed proprietor--nothing more: she inquired and searched no further, and evidently wondered at my wish to gain a more definite notion of his identity.
The effect of this cool appropriation of Norah's identity to theatrical purposes on the audience -- who only saw results -- asserted itself in a storm of applause on Magdalen's exit.