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From Middle High German -heit, from Old High German -heit.[1] Cognate with English -hood.


  • IPA(key): /haɪ̯t/, [haɪ̯tʰ]



  1. Converts an adjective into a noun and usually denotes an abstract quality of the adjectival root. -heit is used only with adjectives not ending in -ig, -ich, -sam, or -bar (these must be used with the suffix -keit). It is often equivalent to the English suffix -ness but is cognate with the English suffix -hood, e.g. Childhood → Kindheit
    Die Frau ist schön. → The woman is beautiful.
    Schönheit liegt im Auge des Betrachters. → Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

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  1. ^ “-heit” in: Friedrich Kluge, “Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache” , 22. Auflage, 1989, bearbeitet von Elmar Seebold, ISBN 3-11-006800-1.

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