Quiddity

Quid"di*ty

(?), n.;
pl. Quiddities (#).
[LL. quidditas, fr. L. quid what, neut. of quis who, akin to E. who: cf. F. quiddit.] 1. The essence, nature, or distinctive peculiarity, of a thing; that which answers the question, Quid est? or, What is it? " The degree of nullity and quiddity." Bacon.
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The quiddity or characteristic difference of poetry as distinguished from prose.
De Quincey.
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2. A trifling nicety; a cavil; a quibble.
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We laugh at the quiddities of those writers now.
Coleridge.
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