Definition: Quiddity; Middle English; noun
1. The essence of something.
Why I love this word:
In philosophy, this word describes the essence of an object, a person, or a subject. It literally translates into 'what it is.' Though the origin of this word is said to be Middle English, it's a literal translation of the equivalent term in Aristotle's Greek, to ti ên einai or "what it was to be [a given thing]."
When asked the question, 'what is it?' your answer is a positive characteristic of an individual that makes them that individual, and unlike any other. Or at least I'm hoping your answer will be positive.
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