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quaternity

[kwuh-tur-ni-tee] /kwəˈtɜr nɪ ti/
noun, plural quaternities.
1.
a group or set of four.
Origin of quaternity
1520-1530
1520-30; < Late Latin quaternitās, equivalent to Latin quatern(ī) four each, four at a time + -itās -ity
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  • And yet this might not necessarily involve the conversion of the Trinity into a quaternity.

    Tragic Sense Of Life Miguel de Unamuno
  • These remarks occur to us as we are now to follow the fortunes of the remaining three of the quaternity.

    The Court of Cacus

    Alexander Leighton
  • Only one of these paths was here open, and the quaternity even rushed into it.

    The Court of Cacus

    Alexander Leighton
British Dictionary definitions for quaternity

quaternity

/kwəˈtɜːnɪtɪ/
noun (pl) -ties
1.
a group of four, esp a concept of God as consisting of four persons
Word Origin
C16: from Late Latin quaternitās, from Latin quaternī by fours; see quaternary
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