- 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
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Examples from the Web for otherness
Only Too—ticky helps him learn to respect them in their otherness.Tove Jansson, Queen of the Moomins
August 9, 2014
When I entered middle school, I was crushingly self-conscious of my otherness.Living On—And Leaving—America’s Biggest Commune
Rena Mundo Croshere
November 23, 2012
I “embrace” my “otherness,” to spew that overused phrase of early '90s identity reclamation.Norway’s New Cultural Anxiety
July 24, 2011
Church spokesman Michael Purdy describes the ads as an attempt to downplay Mormon “otherness.”Mormons Rock!
June 5, 2011
The promise of “otherness” and change that had made Obama so sexy to so many stands shorn of its magic.Obama's Vanishing Sex Appeal
September 6, 2010
Then not by reason of otherness is the one other than the not-one, or the not-one other than the one.Parmenides
Two cardinal facts lie ever at the base of thought: Unity and Variety—oneness and otherness.
It does not pass over into otherness; it remains, steadfast, and abiding in itself.A Critical History of Greek Philosophy
W. T. Stace
He brought them the odor of foreign travel, the flavor of city, the "otherness" that everybody craves.The End Of The World
Nature then appears in her true light; all otherness is removed and we are one with her.The Development of Metaphysics in Persia
- the quality of being different or distinct in appearance, character, etc
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Word Origin and History for otherness
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