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amity

[am-i-tee]
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noun
  1. friendship; peaceful harmony.
  2. mutual understanding and a peaceful relationship, especially between nations; peace; accord.

Origin of amity

1400–50; late Middle English amit(i)e < Middle French amitie, Old French amiste(t) < Vulgar Latin *amicitāt-, stem of amīcitās, derivative of Latin amīcus. See ami, amiable, -ity
Can be confusedamity enmity

Amity

[am-i-tee]
noun
  1. a female given name.
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Historical Examples

  • My sisters send their amities, and will write in a few days.

    Atlantic Monthly, Volume 6, No. 38, December, 1860

    Various

  • Po´thos.God of the amities of love;one of the numerous attendants of Venus, 106.


British Dictionary definitions for amities

amity

noun plural -ties
  1. friendship; cordiality

Word Origin

C15: from Old French amité, from Medieval Latin amīcitās friendship, from Latin amīcus friend
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Word Origin and History for amities

amity

n.

mid-15c., "friendly relations," from Old French amitie (13c.); earlier amistie (11c.), from Vulgar Latin *amicitatem (nominative *amicitas) "friendship," corresponding to Latin amicitia, from amicus (adj.) "friendly;" related to amare "to love" (see Amy).

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