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rotundity

[roh-tuhn-di-tee]
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noun, plural ro·tun·di·ties.
  1. the condition or quality of roundness or plumpness, as of an object or person.
  2. fullness, as in tone or speech.
  3. a full or rounded tone, phrase, or the like: oratorical rotundities.
Sometimes ro·tund·ness [roh-tuhnd-nis] /roʊˈtʌnd nɪs/.

Origin of rotundity

From the Latin word rotunditās, dating back to 1580–90. See rotund, -ity
Related formssub·ro·tun·di·ty, noun
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Examples from the Web for rotundity

Historical Examples

  • That theory, however, was based upon his belief in the rotundity of the earth.

    Christopher Columbus and His Monument Columbia

    Various

  • The theory of the rotundity of the earth was not born with Columbus.

  • What is this, then, but a proof of the rotundity of the earth?

    The Story of Eclipses

    George Chambers

  • It was more like an elephant in bulk and rotundity than any other creature.

    The World of Ice

    R.M. Ballantyne

  • And his person, too, had the rotundity which the ratepayer demands.

    Ghetto Comedies

    Israel Zangwill


Word Origin and History for rotundity

n.

1580s, from Latin rotunditas "roundness," from rotundus "round" (see rotund).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper