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tensity

[ten-si-tee] /ˈtɛn sɪ ti/
noun
1.
the state of being tense; tenseness.
Origin of tensity
1650-1660
From the Medieval Latin word tēnsitās, dating back to 1650-60. See tense1, -ity
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  • Every nerve in his body seemed to be strung up to the ultimate pitch of tensity.

    The Yellow Claw Sax Rohmer
  • There was the tensity of fierceness in the man's plea which appealed deeply to her sympathies.

    Sister Carrie Theodore Dreiser
  • For some unaccountable reason the tensity of her tone annoyed him.

    The Rest Hollow Mystery Rebecca N. Porter
  • It was a sort of tensity that seemed to emanate from the general himself.

  • She was again silent, but the locked grip told him of her tensity.

    To Him That Hath Leroy Scott
  • The rebound from the tensity of the strain was too great for him to bear.

    A Modern Aladdin Howard Pyle
  • I could see the lounging crowds and recognize the tensity of conditions.

    The Portal of Dreams Charles Neville Buck
  • Night after night, with a tensity born of her struggle with her grief, she talked about her children.

    His Family Ernest Poole
  • In his mind she had been Sally, and in a moment of tensity he had let it shape on his lips.

    Sally Bishop E. Temple Thurston
  • It seemed incredible that the tensity of the silence should not snap.

    The Clarion Samuel Hopkins Adams
British Dictionary definitions for tensity

tensity

/ˈtɛnsɪtɪ/
noun
1.
a rare word for tension (sense 1), tension (sense 2), tension (sense 3)
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