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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]
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(kwəˈtɜr nɪ ti)

n., pl. -ties.
a group or set of four.
[1520–30; < Late Latin quaternitās= Latin quatern(ī) four each]
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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"
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For example, in order to be in accordance with his theory of psyche movement toward completion in four stages (made up of pairs of opposites), he nonchalantly converts the Trinitarian structure in a Quaternity by including the feminine or evil side of the God (Jung 1973b).
The mystery of the Trinity inserts us into the Son in whom we have been adopted, not consecrating us in the guise of the "fourth person of the Trinity" or of "quaternity," which the famous Fourth Lateran Council rightly refused (1215), but making of our humanity that which, first of all, through the Word made flesh, is assumed, in order to become, through the Father and under the power of the Spirit, transformed.
Angelucci, Wordswoth's stolen boat episode in The Prelude, and amplifications and quaternity in Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time series.
This "seed of unity has a trinitarian character in Christian alchemy and a triadic character in pagan alchemy" but "according to the other authorities it corresponds to the unity of the four elements and is therefore a quaternity." In addition, the quadrangular figure can be read as a shape composed of two opposing triangles: "side by side with the distinct leanings of alchemy (and of the unconscious) towards quaterinity there is always a vacillation between three and four...
the process of individuation into the phenomena of chemical change" (482) and emphasizes "the distinct leanings of alchemy (and of the unconscious) towards quaternity" (26).
Jung, for whom the quaternity was always the central symbol of psychological wholeness and balance, referred often in his works to "that strange dilemma which is posed by the problem of three and four" (Alchemical Studies 224) or "the dilemma of 3 + 1" (Aion 224), evident in many alchemical writings.
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).
Eliott Rawlins, "Will the Women of To-day Make As Good Wives as the Wives of Yesterday?" The New York Amsterdam News (March 25, 1925): 12; "A Quaternity of K's" The New York Amsterdam News (February 4, 1925): 16.
Rowling will one day join Shakespeare, Dante, and Dickens, forming "the greatest quaternity of writers in the history of the world" (154).
Could she be understood in some formulation of a divine quaternity? What was the authoritative statement of the balance between her unique intimacy with the divine and her necessary remoteness from it?
Developing thus Jung's idea of Satan as the parallel and rival of the Son and as a concealed quaternity in the orthodox dogma of the Trinity, Shawcross picks up and runs with Northrop Frye's similar suggestion of a kind of "sibling rivalry" between Satan and the Son of God.