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[trih-plis-i-tee] /trɪˈplɪs ɪ ti/
noun, plural triplicities.
the quality or state of being triple; threefold character or condition.
a group or combination of three; triad.
Astrology. the division of the signs of the zodiac into four groups of three signs each, the fire signs, the earth signs, the air signs, and the water signs, with each sign separated from others within the group by 120 degrees of the ecliptic.
Compare element (def 12).
Origin of triplicity
1350-1400; Middle English triplicite < Late Latin triplicitās threefold state. See triplex, -ity Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for triplicity
Historical Examples
  • By the triplicity he signified Ralegh, Cobham, and Northumberland.

    Sir Walter Ralegh William Stebbing
  • If he should be placed in any of the signs allowed him for his triplicity, he is allowed three dignities.

  • A triplicity is a combination of three signs in the form of a triangle, each 120 apart.

  • We have already noticed the triplicity, in some instances, of Norman chancel arches.

  • In this statement this master agrees with the philosophers who give a triplicity of essential principles as the base of ontology.

  • We are utterly tired of the triplicity; and we are mistaken if its application here be not as inconsistent as it is arbitrary.

  • There is a strong and lasting sympathy among persons belonging to signs of the same group, or triplicity.

British Dictionary definitions for triplicity


noun (pl) -ties
a group of three things
the state of being three
(astrology) any of four groups, earth, air, fire, and water, each consisting of three signs of the zodiac that are thought to have something in common in their nature
Word Origin
C14: from Late Latin triplicitās, from Latin triplex threefold; see triplex
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