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See also: Amity
From Middle English amite, from Old French amistiet, from Vulgar Latin *amīcitātem, derived from Latin amīcus (“friend”), from amō (“love”).
amity (plural amities)
- (formal, literary) Friendship. The cooperative and supportive relationship between people, or animals. In this sense, the term connotes a relationship which involves mutual knowledge, esteem, affection, and respect along with a degree of rendering service to friends in times of need or crisis.
- 1922, Thomas Hardy, “Welcome Home”, in Lyrics Late and Earlier:
- To my native place / Bent upon returning, / Bosom all day burning / To be where my race / Well were known, 'twas much with me / There to dwell in amity.
- Mutual understanding and a peaceful relationship, especially between nations; peace; accord.
- “amity”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.
- “amity”, in The Century Dictionary […], New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911, →OCLC.
- amity at OneLook Dictionary Search
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