amity


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am·i·ty

 (ăm′ĭ-tē)
n. pl. am·i·ties
Peaceful relations, as between nations; friendship.

[Middle English amite, from Old French, from Vulgar Latin *amīcitās, from Latin amīcus, friend.]

amity

(ˈæmɪtɪ)
n, pl -ties
friendship; cordiality
[C15: from Old French amité, from Medieval Latin amīcitās friendship, from Latin amīcus friend]

am•i•ty

(ˈæm ɪ ti)

n.
a peaceful relationship, as between nations; friendship; harmony.
[1400–50; late Middle English < Middle French amitie, Old French amiste(t) < Vulgar Latin *amīcitātem, acc. of *amīcitās= Latin amīc(us) friend + -itās -ity]

amity

friendship or harmony between individuals or groups. Also called comity.
See also: Relationship
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.amity - a cordial dispositionamity - a cordial disposition    
friendliness - a friendly disposition
2.amity - a state of friendship and cordialityamity - a state of friendship and cordiality
peace - the state prevailing during the absence of war
peaceableness, peacefulness - a state that is calm and tranquil

amity

Translations
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amity

[ˈæmɪtɪ] N (frm) → concordia f, amistad f

amity

[ˈæmɪti] n (formal) (= peace) → amitié f
in amity → en bonne entente

amity

References in classic literature ?
During his reign he made a royal proclamation for a general assembly of all the birds and beasts, and drew up conditions for a universal league, in which the Wolf and the Lamb, the Panther and the Kid, the Tiger and the Stag, the Dog and the Hare, should live together in perfect peace and amity. The Hare said, "Oh, how I have longed to see this day, in which the weak shall take their place with impunity by the side of the strong." And after the Hare said this, he ran for his life.
Upon the whole, the consequences of such a law as this would be directly contrary to those things which good laws ought to establish, and which Socrates endeavoured to establish by his regulations concerning women and children: for we think that friendship is the greatest good which can happen to any city, as nothing so much prevents seditions: and amity in a city is what Socrates commends above all things, which appears to be, as indeed he says, the effect of friendship; as we learn from Aristophanes in the Erotics, who says, that those who love one another from the excess of that passion, desire to breathe the same soul, and from being two to be blended into one: from whence it would necessarily follow, that both or one of them must be destroyed.
On the succeeding morning, at an early hour, they descried two Indians standing on a high bank of the river, waving and spreading their buffalo robes in signs of amity. They immediately pulled to shore and landed.
The most menacing political condition is a period of international amity. The student of history who has not been taught to expect the unexpected may justly boast himself inaccessible to the light.
As I thought of all I owed that noble fish, I kneeled by the river's bearded lip, among the nettles and the meadowsweet, and swore by the inconstant moon that trout and I were henceforth kinsmen, and that between our houses should be an eternal amity. The chub and the dace and the carp, not to speak of that Chinese pirate the pike, might still look to it, when I came forth armed with rod and line; but for me and my house the trout is henceforth sacred.
But when a prince declares himself gallantly in favour of one side, if the party with whom he allies himself conquers, although the victor may be powerful and may have him at his mercy, yet he is indebted to him, and there is established a bond of amity; and men are never so shameless as to become a monument of ingratitude by oppressing you.
The whole being explained, many obliging things were said by the Miss Thorpes of their wish of being better acquainted with her; of being considered as already friends, through the friendship of their brothers, etc., which Catherine heard with pleasure, and answered with all the pretty expressions she could command; and, as the first proof of amity, she was soon invited to accept an arm of the eldest Miss Thorpe, and take a turn with her about the room.
This was the winter when my friend Piatt and I made our first literary venture together in those 'Poems of Two Friends;' which hardly passed the circle of our amity; and it was altogether a time of high literary exaltation with me.
Amity had existed between him and Steward, for they had sat at table, and drunk together.
The ceremony made use of at the reception of a stranger is somewhat unusual; as soon as he enters, all the courtiers strike him with their cudgels till he goes back to the door; the amity then subsisting between us did not secure me from this uncouth reception, which they told me, upon my demanding the reason of it, was to show those whom they treated with that they were the bravest people in the world, and that all other nations ought to bow down before them.
For nearly half a century after the arrival of the English the red men showed themselves generally inclined to peace and amity. They often made submission when they might have made successful war.
We cannot but remark that both in this affair and that of Pierre's Hole the affray commenced by a hostile act on the part of white men at the moment when the Indian warrior was extending the hand of amity. In neither instance, as far as circumstances have been stated to us by different persons, do we see any reason to suspect the savage chiefs of perfidy in their overtures of friendship.