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n. pl. o·rig·i·nal·i·ties
1. The quality of being original.
2. The capacity to act or think independently.
3. Something original.
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n, pl -ties
1. the quality or condition of being original
2. the ability to create or innovate
3. something original
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(əˌrɪdʒ əˈnæl ɪ ti)

1. the quality or state of being original.
2. the ability to think or express oneself in an independent and individual manner; creative ability.
3. freshness or novelty, as of an idea, method, or performance.
[1735–45; < French originalité]
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  1. As distinctive as a paper clip —Loren D. Estleman
  2. As novel as teaching chickens to drive cars —Richard Ford

    See Also: ABSURDITY

  3. Blowing platitudes like bubbles through air —William Styron
  4. The human mind can no more produce an original thought than a tree can produce an original fruit —Jerome K. Jerome

    See Also: THOUGHT

  5. Individualism is rather like innocence; there must be something unconscious about it —Louis Kronenberger
  6. Original as a xeroxed letter —Elyse Sommer
  7. A platitude like a bad postcard of the Parthenon —Karl Shapiro
  8. Unique as the suits worn to a banker’s convention —Elyse Sommer
  9. Unlike the rest of the family as wine from water —J. B. Priestly
  10. Unoriginal as any rabbit —Robert Frost
  11. Wondrous as the butterfly’s birth from the worm —Alderman
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.originality - the ability to think and act independently
ability, power - possession of the qualities (especially mental qualities) required to do something or get something done; "danger heightened his powers of discrimination"
innovativeness - originality by virtue of introducing new ideas
unconventionality - originality by virtue of being unconventional
novelty, freshness - originality by virtue of being new and surprising
2.originality - the quality of being new and original (not derived from something else)
quality - an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone; "the quality of mercy is not strained"--Shakespeare
novelty, freshness - originality by virtue of being refreshingly novel
heterodoxy, unorthodoxy - the quality of being unorthodox
unoriginality - the quality of being unoriginal
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1. The quality of being novel:
2. The power or ability to invent:
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[əˌrɪdʒɪˈnælɪtɪ] Noriginalidad f
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[əˌrɪdʒəˈnæləti] noriginalité f
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[əˌrɪdʒɪˈnælɪtɪ] noriginalità
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(ˈoridʒin) noun
the place or point from which anything first comes; the cause. the origin(s) of the English language; the origin of the disagreement.
oˈriginal (əˈri-) adjective
1. existing at the beginning; first. This part of the house is new but the rest is original.
2. (able to produce ideas which are) new, fresh or not thought of before. original ideas; He has a very original mind.
3. (of a painting etc) by the artist etc, from which copies may be made. The original painting is in the museum, but there are hundreds of copies.
1. the earliest version. This is the original – all the others are copies.
2. a model from which a painting etc is made. She is the original of the famous portrait.
oˌrigiˈnality (əridʒiˈnӕ-) noun
His writing shows originality.
oˈriginally adverb
originate (əˈridʒineit) verb
to bring or come into being. That style of painting originated in China.
ˈorigins noun plural
a person's place of birth, family background etc. He tried to hide his origins.
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n. originalidad.
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