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amity

[am-i-tee]
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noun
  1. friendship; peaceful harmony.
  2. mutual understanding and a peaceful relationship, especially between nations; peace; accord.
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Origin of amity

1400–50; late Middle English amit(i)e < Middle French amitie, Old French amiste(t) < Vulgar Latin *amicitāt-, stem of amīcitās, derivative of Latin amīcus. See ami, amiable, -ity
Can be confusedamity enmity

Amity

[am-i-tee]
noun
  1. a female given name.
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Related Words for amity

kindliness, concord, cordiality, goodwill, benevolence, harmony, friendliness, togetherness, comity, neighborliness, simpatico

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Historical Examples of amity

  • A convention additional to the general treaty of peace and amity.

    Latin America and the United States

    Elihu Root

  • What is so excellent as strict relations of amity, when they spring from this deep root?

    Essays, Second Series

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • Olive produced her biscuits and bananas, and they munched together in amity.

    Olive in Italy

    Moray Dalton

  • Each had spoken with entire courtesy and a marked lack of amity.

    The Long Roll

    Mary Johnston

  • It was good that those she loved should dwell together in amity.

    Mary Gray

    Katharine Tynan


British Dictionary definitions for amity

amity

noun plural -ties
  1. friendship; cordiality
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Word Origin for amity

C15: from Old French amité, from Medieval Latin amīcitās friendship, from Latin amīcus friend
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Word Origin and History for amity

n.

mid-15c., "friendly relations," from Old French amitie (13c.); earlier amistie (11c.), from Vulgar Latin *amicitatem (nominative *amicitas) "friendship," corresponding to Latin amicitia, from amicus (adj.) "friendly;" related to amare "to love" (see Amy).

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