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a suffix used to form abstract nouns expressing state or condition:
jollity; civility; Latinity.
Origin of -ity
variant of -itie, Middle English -ite < Old French < Latin -itāt- (stem of -itās); in many words representing Latin -itās directly Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for -ity


indicating state or condition: technicality
Word Origin
from Old French -ite, from Latin -itās
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Word Origin and History for -ity

suffix forming abstract nouns from adjectives, meaning "condition or quality of being ______," from Middle English -ite, from Old French -ité and directly from Latin -itatem (nominative -itas), suffix denoting state or condition, composed of connective -i- + -tas (see -ty (2)).

Roughly, the word in -ity usually means the quality of being what the adjective describes, or concretely an instance of the quality, or collectively all the instances; & the word in -ism means the disposition, or collectively all those who feel it. [Fowler]

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