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same +‎ -ness


sameness (plural samenesses)

  1. the quality of being the same; identity
    • 1922, Sinclair Lewis, Babbitt, New York: Harcourt, Brace & Co., Chapter XXXIV, p. 391, [1]
      All of them agreed that the working-classes must be kept in their place; and all of them perceived that American Democracy did not imply any equality of wealth, but did demand a wholesome sameness of thought, dress, painting, morals, and vocabulary.
    • 1997, Thomas Mann, Doctor Faustus, translated by John E. Woods, New York: Vintage, 1999, Chapter XX, p. 182,
      However strange it may sound, it always seemed to me [] that Adrian's laughter-filled friendship with Schildknapp had something to do with the sameness of their eye color
  2. the state of being equivalent; equality
  3. a tiring lack of variety; monotony
    • 1855, Walt Whitman, "A Song of Joys" in Leaves of Grass, New York: The Modern Library, 1921, p. 157, [2]
      O to sail to sea in a ship! / To leave this steady unendurable land, / To leave the tiresome sameness of the streets, the sidewalks and the houses, / To leave you, O you solid motionless land, and enter a ship, / To sail and sail and sail!
    • 1860, George Eliot, The Mill on the Floss, Book IV, Chapter II, [3]
      [] in the time when day follows day in dull, unexpectant sameness, and trial is a dreary routine,—it is then that despair threatens []