the state or fact of being different or distinct.
the quality or state of being perceived or treated as different, foreign, strange, etc.: Certain ethnic groups embrace their otherness.

Origin of otherness

First recorded in 1580–90; other + -ness
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the quality of being different or distinct in appearance, character, etc
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Word Origin and History for otherness

1580s, from other + -ness.

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