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haecceity or hecceity
noun: The quality that makes something or someone what they are.
From Latin haecceitas (thisness), from Latin haec, feminine of hic (this). Earliest documented use: 1635. Also see quiddity.
“Because what it is to love someone is to, in a sense, love them independently of their qualities. It’s to love them. Their essence, their haecceity, their utter specificity.”
Ezra Klein Interviews Amia Srinivasan: The New York Times; Sep 3, 2021.
See more usage examples of haecceity in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:This is the devilish thing about foreign affairs: they are foreign and will not always conform to our whim. -James Reston, journalist (3 Nov 1909-1995)