Also found in: Thesaurus.


n, pl -ties
(Theology) a group of four, esp a concept of God as consisting of four persons
[C16: from Late Latin quaternitās, from Latin quaternī by fours; see quaternary]


(kwəˈtɜr nɪ ti)

n., pl. -ties.
a group or set of four.
[1520–30; < Late Latin quaternitās= Latin quatern(ī) four each]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.quaternity - the cardinal number that is the sum of three and onequaternity - the cardinal number that is the sum of three and one
digit, figure - one of the elements that collectively form a system of numeration; "0 and 1 are digits"
References in periodicals archive ?
Angelucci, Wordswoth's stolen boat episode in The Prelude, and amplifications and quaternity in Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time series.
The turning point in his therapy comes in the form of a dream in which the patient sees a quaternity or mandala--what Jung calls an archetype of the Deity--and this vision fills the patient with "the most sublime harmony" (80).
The New York Amsterdam News (March 25, 1925): 12; "A Quaternity of K's" The New York Amsterdam News (February 4, 1925): 16.