nativity

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From Anglo-Norman nativite, Middle French nativite, and their source, Latin nātīvitās (birth).

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nativity (plural nativities)

  1. (now dated) Someone's birth; the place, time and circumstances of a birth. [from 14th c.]
  2. (also with capital initial) The birth of Jesus. [from 14th c.]
  3. (Christianity) The festival celebrating the birth of Jesus; Christmas Day. [from 12th c.]
  4. (astrology) Someone's birth considered as a means of astrology; a horoscope associated with a person's birth. [from 14th c.]
    • 1971, Keith Thomas, Religion and the Decline of Magic, Folio Society 2012, p. 313:
      Accordingly […] he was careful, as befitted a Fellow of the Royal Society, to note the exact nativity of his subjects whenever it could be discovered; in this way he hoped to make possible a scientific comparison of the course of human life with the astrological circumstances of its inception, and ths to arrive at a more exact astrology.

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