Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. manifoldness; multiplicity; the quality of being many.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Multiplicity.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Manifoldness; specifically, extreme numerousness; numerosity; multitudinousness; the character of existing in such great numbers as to give the averages of chance the character of certainly and law.

Etymologies

Latin, from multus ("much, many"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • “Unity in multiplicity” is Coleridge's favorite aes - thetic formula, which he repeats in many guises (“unity in multeity,” il più nell'uno, etc.).

    ORGANICISM

  • In order to derive pleasure from the occupation of the mind, the principle of unity must always be present, so that in the midst of the multeity the cetripetal force be never suspended, nor the sense be fatigued by the predominance of the centrifugal force.

    On Poesy or Art

  • This unity in multeity I have elsewhere stated as the principle of beauty.

    On Poesy or Art

  • Scriptural sense of the 'ground,' the Hades, the multeity, the many

    The Literary Remains of Samuel Taylor Coleridge

  • The particles themselves must have an interior and gravitative being, and the multeity must be a removable or at least suspensible accident.

    Literary Remains, Volume 1

  • In order to derive pleasure from the occupation of the mind, the principle of unity must always be present, so that in the midst of the multeity the centripetal force be never suspended, nor the sense be fatigued by the predominance of the centrifugal force.

    Literary Remains, Volume 1

  • It confounded, I say, the multeity below intellect, that is, unintelligible from defect of the subject, with the absolute identity above all intellect, that is, transcending comprehension by the plenitude of its excellence.

    Literary Remains, Volume 2

  • When the whole and the parts are seen at once, as mutually producing and explaining each other as unity in multeity, there results shapeliness, forma formosa.

    Citizendium, the Citizens' Compendium - Recent changes [en]

  • I trust, that I have not extended this privilege beyond the grounds on which I have claimed it; namely, the conveniency of the scholastic phrase to distinguish the kind from all degrees, or rather to express the kind with the abstraction of degree, as for instance multeity instead of multitude; or secondly, for the sake of correspondence in sound in interdependent or antithetical terms, as subject and object; or lastly, to avoid the wearying recurrence of circumlocutions and definitions.

    Biographia Literaria

  • (Vide Lawrence’s Lectures, p. 121.) 11 Much against my will I repeat this scholastic term, _multeity_, but

    Hints towards the formation of a more comprehensive theory of life.

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