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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
1. The essence of someone or something.
2. A trifling point.
ETYMOLOGY:From Latin quid (what), which also gave us quidnunc and quid pro quo.
USAGE:"Pondering this reversal of fortune, Anicius Manlius Boethius composed a soliloquy in which, queried by Philosophy as to his quiddity, he replied: 'I am a man, a rational and mortal animal.'"
Alvin Moore Jr.; The Noble Traveler; Parabola (New York); Jun 1996.
"Any kind of lackadaisical activity, any sort of diverting quiddity to take a person's mind off mundane, everyday, small-change troubles."
Guy Friddell; Perfect Day is Fine Excuse For Lackadaisical Activity; The Virginian-Pilot (Norfolk, Virginia); May 27, 2004.
See more usage examples of quiddity in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:Conscience is the still, small voice which tells a candidate that what he is doing is likely to lose him votes. -Anonymous