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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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References in classic literature ?
Not that he fails in originality; only, the graces, inborn certainly, but so carefully educated, strike one more.
What remains of his verse mostly takes the form of quatrains, yet for originality of thought, wealth of imagery and style, they have seldom been excelled.
In Ionia and the islands the epic poets followed the Homeric tradition, singing of romantic subjects in the now stereotyped heroic style, and showing originality only in their choice of legends hitherto neglected or summarily and imperfectly treated.
Popular genius amid originality accomplish the task which the bishops formerly fulfilled.
The dinner was a very merry one: Sergey Ivanovitch was in his happiest mood, and was much amused by Katavasov's originality. Katavasov, feeling his originality was appreciated and understood, made the most of it.
Even the Cock-lane ghost had been laid only a round dozen of years, after rapping out its messages, as the spirits of this very year last past(supernaturally deficient in originality) rapped out theirs.
They never startled you by a touch of originality, by a fresh audacity of inspiration.
(heaven knows it is not exorbitant in its requirements!); for although I well know how hard it is for a man of genius with a seriously underrated subject to maintain serene and kindly relations with the men who underrate it, and who keep all the best places for less important subjects which they profess without originality and sometimes without much capacity for them, still, if he overwhelms them with wrath and disdain, he cannot expect them to heap honors on him.
At that time enthusiasm for the Emperor Alexander's regime had weakened and a patriotic and anti-French tendency prevailed there, and this, together with his past and his intellect and his originality, at once made Prince Nicholas Bolkonski an object of particular respect to the Moscovites and the center of the Moscow opposition to the government.
But the incident, though of the purest originality, unexampled, and probably never to be repeated, is one, I think, which appeals to the generous sympathies of mankind.
In fifteen years people will say, 'Look, that's Ivolgin, the king of the Jews!' You say that I have no originality. Now mark this, prince-- there is nothing so offensive to a man of our time and race than to be told that he is wanting in originality, that he is weak in character, has no particular talent, and is, in short, an ordinary person.
And yet they, of all creatures under the sun the most unfit, are the very creatures who decide what shall and what shall not find its way into print - they, who have proved themselves not original, who have demonstrated that they lack the divine fire, sit in judgment upon originality and genius.