unity

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From Anglo-Norman unité, Old French unité, from Latin ūnitās, from ūnus (one) + noun of state suffix -itās.

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unity (countable and uncountable, plural unities)

  1. (uncountable) Oneness; the state or fact of being one undivided entity.
    • 1846, E. A. Poe, The Philosophy of Composition
      If any literary work is too long to be read at one sitting, we must be content to dispense with the immensely important effect derivable from unity of impression - for, if two sittings be required, the affairs of the world interfere, and everything like totality is at once destroyed.
    • 2011 October 1, Saj Chowdhury, “Wolverhampton 1 - 2 Newcastle”, BBC Sport:
      Alan Pardew's current squad has been put together with a relatively low budget but the resolve and unity within the team is priceless.
  2. A single undivided thing, seen as complete in itself.
    • 1999, Joyce Crick, translating Sigmund Freud, The Interpretation of Dreams, Oxford 2008, p. 137:
      If a single day has brought us two or more experiences suitable to initiate a dream, the dream will unite references to them both into a single whole; it obeys a compulsion to form a unity [transl. Einheit] out of them.
  3. (drama) Any of the three classical rules of drama (unity of action, unity of place, and unity of time).`
  4. (mathematics) Any element of a set or field that behaves under a given operation as the number 1 behaves under multiplication.
  5. (law) The peculiar characteristics of an estate held by several in joint tenancy.

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