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Origin of quaternity

1520–30; < Late Latin quaternitās, equivalent to Latin quatern(ī) four each, four at a time + -itās -ity
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Historical Examples of quaternity

  • And yet this might not necessarily involve the conversion of the Trinity into a Quaternity.

    Tragic Sense Of Life

    Miguel de Unamuno

  • These remarks occur to us as we are now to follow the fortunes of the remaining three of the quaternity.

    The Court of Cacus

    Alexander Leighton

  • Only one of these paths was here open, and the quaternity even rushed into it.

    The Court of Cacus

    Alexander Leighton

British Dictionary definitions for quaternity


noun plural -ties
  1. a group of four, esp a concept of God as consisting of four persons

Word Origin for quaternity

C16: from Late Latin quaternitās, from Latin quaternī by fours; see quaternary
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