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quid·di·ty

 (kwĭd′ĭ-tē)
n. pl. quid·di·ties
1. The real nature of a thing; the essence.
2. A hairsplitting distinction; a quibble.

[Medieval Latin quidditās, from Latin quid, what; see kwo- in Indo-European roots.]

quiddity

(ˈkwɪdɪtɪ)
n, pl -ties
1. (Philosophy) philosophy the essential nature of something. Compare haecceity
2. a petty or trifling distinction; quibble
[C16: from Medieval Latin quidditās, from Latin quid what]

quid•di•ty

(ˈkwɪd ɪ ti)

n., pl. -ties.
1. the quality that makes a thing what it is; essential nature.
2. a trifling nicety of subtle distinction, as in argument.
[1530–40; < Medieval Latin quidditās= Latin quid what + -itās -ity]

quiddity

the essential nature or quality of something that makes it different and distinct from other things and establishes its identity. — quidditative, adj.
See also: Philosophy
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.quiddity - an evasion of the point of an argument by raising irrelevant distinctions or objections
equivocation, evasion - a statement that is not literally false but that cleverly avoids an unpleasant truth
2.quiddity - the essence that makes something the kind of thing it is and makes it different from any other
essence, heart and soul, inwardness, nitty-gritty, pith, substance, gist, kernel, nub, meat, core, sum, marrow, heart, center, centre - the choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience; "the gist of the prosecutor's argument"; "the heart and soul of the Republican Party"; "the nub of the story"
Translations

quiddity

[ˈkwɪdɪtɪ] N (Philos) → esencia f; (= quibble) → sutileza f, sofistería f

quiddity

n
(Philos) → Quiddität f (spec), → Wesen nt
(liter: = quibble) → Spitzfindigkeit f
References in classic literature ?
Then come and dine with me, and, after meat, We'll canvass every quiddity thereof; For, ere I sleep, I'll try what I can do: This night I'll conjure, though I die therefore.
Thomas's doctrine is not a radical negative theology; in spite of this, he maintains that we cannot know God's quiddity. In the following history of the debate, however, two influential representatives of the Dominican Order, Tommaso de Vio (Cajetanus) and Francesco Silvestri (Ferrariensis) will affirm the accessibility of God's quid sit, restoring an old doctrine by Durand of Saint Pourgain and Herve of Nedellec.
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This produces a vocabulary to grasp God as both presence (Deus revelatus), manifested in the reality of entities, and absence because God's quiddity "cannot be assigned to the categories of enticity," and is best considered "a telos, a goal to be attained" (p.
We can't know Tia, but we can know the artist's knowing, to the extent that she records it on her surfaces over time--and it's through that conduit that some sense of the quiddity of this individual, however necessarily indirect, comes through.
That notion is a crucial one for him, because it allows him to focus on the quiddity of words themselves.
Not only because it is the body per se--any "being" might perhaps do this kind of critical work--but because, in the matter of self-telling, leading with the body is leading with quiddity. The body does not stand, or lie down, or open up for or to-, it stands, lies down, looks, opens.
We perhaps re-apply those pictures to the infinite quiddity of the world with insufficient discrimination.
"Childness," by contrast, understands the child as being "defined through a kind of elusive quiddity, a spectral essence" (15-16).