[ kwuh-tur-ni-tee ]
/ kwəˈtɜr nɪ ti /
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noun, plural qua·ter·ni·ties.
a group or set of four.
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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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How to use quaternity in a sentence

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

    Tragic Sense Of Life|Miguel de Unamuno

British Dictionary definitions for quaternity

/ (kwəˈtɜːnɪtɪ) /

noun plural -ties
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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