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  1. the quality or state of being original.
  2. ability to think or express oneself in an independent and individual manner; creative ability.
  3. freshness or novelty, as of an idea, method, or performance.
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Origin of originality

From the French word originalité, dating back to 1735–45. See original, -ity
Related formsun·o·rig·i·nal·i·ty, noun

Synonyms for originality

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Examples from the Web for unoriginality

Historical Examples of unoriginality

  • They are not familiar to me, and yet I confess to a vague feeling of unoriginality.

    Tales of Fantasy and Fact

    Brander Matthews

  • But there is a point at which unoriginality may become a sin.

    Parkhurst Boys

    Talbot Baines Reed

  • The unoriginality, however, is rather in the style than in the matter, and so will be more fitly remarked under the head of Style.

  • I said a moment ago that the most striking characteristic of the dilettanti is unoriginality.

    Books and Persons

    Arnold Bennett

British Dictionary definitions for unoriginality


noun plural -ties
  1. the quality or condition of being original
  2. the ability to create or innovate
  3. something original
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Word Origin and History for unoriginality



1742, from original (adj.) + -ity. Probably after French originalité (1690s).

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