Associations to the word «Quiddity»

Wiktionary

QUIDDITY, noun. (philosophy) The essence or inherent nature of a person or thing.
QUIDDITY, noun. (legal) A trifle; a nicety or quibble.
QUIDDITY, noun. An eccentricity; an odd feature.

Dictionary definition

QUIDDITY, noun. An evasion of the point of an argument by raising irrelevant distinctions or objections.
QUIDDITY, noun. The essence that makes something the kind of thing it is and makes it different from any other.

Wise words

A word is not a crystal, transparent and unchanged; it is the skin of a living thought and may vary greatly in color and content according to the circumstances and time in which it is used.
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.