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noun, plural unities.

the state of being one; oneness.


a whole or totality as combining all its parts into one.


the state or fact of being united or combined into one, as of the parts of a whole; unification.


absence of diversity; unvaried or uniform character.


oneness of mind, feeling, etc., as among a number of persons; concord, harmony, or agreement.

  1. the number one; a quantity regarded as one.
  2. identity (def 9).

(in literature and art) a relation of all the parts or elements of a work constituting a harmonious whole and producing a single general effect.


one of the three principles of dramatic structure (the three unities) derived from Aristotelian aesthetics and formalized in the neoclassic canon in which a play is required to represent action as taking place in one day (unity of time) as occurring within one place (unity of place) and as having a single plot with a beginning, middle, and end (unity of action)

Origin of unity


1250-1300; Middle English unite -ity

Related forms

nonunity, noun, plural nonunities.

self-unity, noun

superunity, noun


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1. singleness, singularity, individuality. See union. 5. concert, unison.


1. diversity, variety. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for unity

Contemporary Examples

  • Having been inspired by Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser, Gaddafi attempts to emulate him by working toward Arab unity.

    Muammar Gaddafi's 25 Strangest Moments David A. Graham February 22, 2011

  • When Abbas began talks last month to form a unity government with Hamas, the Israelis saw the move as a provocation.

    Israeli Intel Chief: Hamas Is Just Like ISIS Eli Lake June 30, 2014

  • Even among those who only speak Russian, 58 percent polled in favor of unity.

    Ukraine’s Fighting Words Igor Kossov May 12, 2014

  • Perhaps the shock of unity brought on by Ferguson will occasion our turn away from this path—if, we must add, there is still time.

    The Real Nightmare of Ferguson James Poulos August 14, 2014

  • At a time of deep cynicism about Congress, this moment stands out as one of unity.

    Why China Hates This New D.C. Street Name David Keyes June 2, 2014

Historical Examples

  • The thought of the unity of the Church is very prominent in this epistle.

    Expositions of Holy Scripture Alexander Maclaren

  • So long as we fall short of the state of unity we are in the stage of immaturity.

    Expositions of Holy Scripture Alexander Maclaren

  • To the end of his life Lucas continued to labour at the reorganisation of the unity.

    A History of Bohemian Literature Count Ltzow

  • The unity of government which constitutes you one people is also now dear to you.

    America First Various

  • To the unity of enthusiasm corresponds the unity of the world, the monistic feeling.

    mile Verhaeren Stefan Zweig

British Dictionary definitions for unity

noun (pl) -ties

the state or quality of being one; oneness


the act, state, or quality of forming a whole from separate parts


something whole or complete that is composed of separate parts


mutual agreement; harmony or concord: the participants were no longer in unity


uniformity or constancy: unity of purpose

  1. the number or numeral one
  2. a quantity assuming the value of one: the area of the triangle was regarded as unity
  3. the element of a set producing no change in a number following multiplication

the arrangement of the elements in a work of art in accordance with a single overall design or purpose


any one of the three principles of dramatic structure deriving from Aristotle's Poetics by which the action of a play should be limited to a single plot (unity of action), a single location (unity of place), and the events of a single day (unity of time)

Word Origin

C13: from Old French unité, from Latin ūnitās, from ūnus one

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Word Origin and History for unity


c.1300, from Anglo-French unite, Old French unite (c.1200), from Latin unitatem (nominative unitas) "oneness, sameness, agreement," from unus "one" (see one).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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unity in Technology

A high-level parallel language.
A translator into MPL is available by (
See also MasPar Unity.
["Parallel Program Design", K.M. Chandry and Misra, A-W 1988].

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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