noun, plural qual·i·ties.
Origin of quality
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Contemporary Examples of qualities
But the qualities Mario Cuomo brought to public life—compassion, integrity, commitment to principle—remain in short supply today.President Cuomo Would’ve Been a Lion
January 2, 2015
“We look for the qualities that are evocative of V.S.O.P Privilege,” explained Hennessy Senior Vice President Rodney Williams.
But what about stuff that has no obvious redeeming qualities to it?Yes, Your Toddler Can Watch TV: The New Rules for Screen Time
December 26, 2014
So I was happy to see that the European theory of terroir was in action, promoting with pride the qualities of a specific region.Beer Countries vs. Wine Countries
December 7, 2014
A popular general was president, “celebrated for qualities other than moral enthusiasm.”How Rock and Roll Killed Jim Crow
October 26, 2014
Historical Examples of qualities
Rarely has there been exhibited so complete a combination of qualities in statesmanship.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
Gerald Raymount was a man of an unusual combination of qualities.Weighed and Wanting
The passage was stormy--the Bay of Biscay, in particular, giving us a touch of its qualities.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
We can never, therefore, have any reason to suppose the existence of these qualities.
He loved her dearly; but at that age her qualities were half developed.Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete
noun plural -ties
Word Origin for quality
c.1300, "temperament, character, disposition," from Old French qualite "quality, nature, characteristic" (12c., Modern French qualité), from Latin qualitatem (nominative qualitas) "a quality, property; nature, state, condition" (said [Tucker, etc.] to have been coined by Cicero to translate Greek poiotes), from qualis "what kind of a," from PIE pronomial base *kwo- (see who).
Meaning "degree of goodness" is late 14c. Meaning "social rank, position" is c.1400. Noun phrase quality time first recorded 1977. Quality of life is from 1943. Quality control first attested 1935.