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Nov 3, 2021
This week’s theme
There’s a word for it

This week’s words
charientism
oracy
haecceity
balter
caducous



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A.Word.A.Day
with Anu Garg

haecceity or hecceity

PRONUNCIATION:
(hek/hik-SEE-uh-tee)

MEANING:
noun: The quality that makes something or someone what they are.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin haecceitas (thisness), from Latin haec, feminine of hic (this). Earliest documented use: 1635. Also see quiddity.

USAGE:
“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)

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