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diaphaneity

[dih-af-uh-nee-i-tee, dahy-uh-fuh-] /dɪˌæf əˈni ɪ ti, ˌdaɪ ə fə-/
noun
1.
the quality of being diaphanous; transparency.
Origin of diaphaneity
1650-1660
1650-60; < Greek diaphanḗ(s) showing through + -ity
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  • She was partial to draperies and that, perhaps, created the illusion of diaphaneity.

    Painted Veils James Huneker
  • The diaphaneity of Babet contrasted with the grossness of Gueulemer.

    Les Misrables Victor Hugo
  • Even the best scryers often fail to see anything in the crystal which maintains its natural ‘diaphaneity,’ as Dr. Dee says.

  • What had been leanness in her youth had become transparency in her maturity; and this diaphaneity allowed the angel to be seen.

    Les Misrables Victor Hugo

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