the quality of being one; singleness.
sameness; identity.
unity of thought, feeling, belief, aim, etc.; agreement; concord.
a strong feeling of closeness or affinity; union: He feels a oneness with God.

Origin of oneness

before 900; Middle English onnesse; Old English ānnes; see one, -ness Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for oneness

Historical Examples of oneness

  • "My dear," he said, flattered by the oneness of her love for him.

    Changing Winds

    St. John G. Ervine

  • It was not the continuity of men's lives I felt, but their oneness.

  • And sameness has been shown to be of a nature distinct from oneness?

  • He said to me once, “The oneness of two people could make a home in Sahara.”

  • Somewhere, of course, lies the shore of Brotherhood, and beyond that the shore of Oneness.

    The Long Roll

    Mary Johnston

British Dictionary definitions for oneness



the state or quality of being one; singleness
the state of being united; agreement
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Word Origin and History for oneness

1590s, from one + -ness. A re-formation of Middle English onnesse, which vanished by 13c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper