appropinquity

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

ad- +‎ propinquity

Noun[edit]

appropinquity (uncountable)

  1. (obsolete) nearness; propinquity
    • 1671, John Gregory, “XXXI”, in Shecinah, or God's Dwelling Presence[1]:
      By Presence, Power and Essence, the Doctors generally mean by the first, an Appropinquity of Vision, that all things are open and naked unto his sight; by the second, an Approximation of Power, that he worketh in and ruleth over all; by the third, an Indistance of his Being to all things whatsoever, of actual or possible existence.
    • 1847, William Makepeace Thackeray, Vanity Fair:
      The Captain thought so, and raved about her in uncouth convulsions. The barbed shaft of love had penetrated his dull hide. Six weeks—appropinquity—opportunity—had victimised him completely.
    • 1911, Henry C. Hansbrough, The Second Amendment, page 111:
      Some marvelous psychological results have been noted in consequence of the appropinquity, for a period of several hours, of two healthy bodies such as Eva's and Andy's.