[ yoo-ni-tee ]
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noun,plural u·ni·ties.
  1. the state of being one; oneness.

  2. a whole or totality as combining all its parts into one.

  1. the state or fact of being united or combined into one, as of the parts of a whole; unification.

  2. absence of diversity; unvaried or uniform character.

  3. oneness of mind, feeling, etc., as among a number of persons; concord, harmony, or agreement.

  4. Mathematics.

  5. (in literature and art) a relation of all the parts or elements of a work constituting a harmonious whole and producing a single general effect.

  6. one of the three principles of dramatic structure (the three unities ) derived from Aristotelian aesthetics and formalized in the neoclassic canon in which a play is required to represent action as taking place in one day (unity of time ), as occurring within one place (unity of place ), and as having a single plot with a beginning, middle, and end (unity of action ).

Origin of unity

First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English unite, from Old French, from Latin ūnitās, from ūn(us) one + -itās -ity

synonym study For unity

1. See union.

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Opposites for unity

Other words from unity

  • non·u·ni·ty, noun, plural non·u·ni·ties.
  • self-u·ni·ty, noun
  • su·per·u·ni·ty, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for unity


/ (ˈjuːnɪtɪ) /

nounplural -ties
  1. the state or quality of being one; oneness

  2. the act, state, or quality of forming a whole from separate parts

  1. something whole or complete that is composed of separate parts

  2. mutual agreement; harmony or concord: the participants were no longer in unity

  3. uniformity or constancy: unity of purpose

  4. maths

    • the number or numeral one

    • a quantity assuming the value of one: the area of the triangle was regarded as unity

    • the element of a set producing no change in a number following multiplication

  5. the arrangement of the elements in a work of art in accordance with a single overall design or purpose

  6. any one of the three principles of dramatic structure deriving from Aristotle's Poetics by which the action of a play should be limited to a single plot (unity of action), a single location (unity of place), and the events of a single day (unity of time)

Origin of unity

C13: from Old French unité, from Latin ūnitās, from ūnus one

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