- Unity is being in harmony or one in spirit.
An example of unity is a bride and groom both lighting a single candle at the same time with each of their candles.
A couple light a unity candle.
- the state of being one, or united; oneness; singleness
- something complete in itself; single, separate thing
- the quality of being one in spirit, sentiment, purpose, etc.; harmony; agreement; concord; uniformity
- a unified group or body
- the quality or fact of being a totality or whole, esp. a complex that is a union of related parts
- an arrangement of parts or material in a work of art or literature, that will produce a single, harmonious effect
- a design or effect so produced
- constancy, continuity, or fixity of purpose, action, etc.
- any quantity, magnitude, etc. considered or identified as a unit, or 1
- the numeral or unit 1
Origin of unityMiddle English unite ; from Old French unité ; from Classical Latin unitas, oneness ; from unus, one
the (three) unities
- a. The state or quality of being one or united into a whole: “The Founding Fathers had abhorred the concept of parties, fearing that they would undermine the unity of the nation through factionalism” (Julian E. Zelizer).b. The state or quality of being in accord; harmony: The judges ruled in unity on the matter.c. The state or quality of being unified in an aesthetic whole, as in a work of literature: the novel's thematic unity.d. A whole that is a combination of parts: a group of ideas that taken together constitute a unity.
- Singleness or constancy of purpose or action; continuity: “In an army you need unity of purpose” (Emmeline Pankhurst).
- One of the three principles of dramatic structure derived by French neoclassicists from Aristotle's Poetics, stating that a drama should have but one plot, which should take place in a single day and be confined to a single locale.
- Mathematics a. The number 1.b. See identity element.
Origin of unityMiddle English unite, from Old French, from Latin ūnitās, from ūnus, one; see oi-no- in Indo-European roots.
(countable and uncountable, plural unities)
- (uncountable) Oneness; the state or fact of being one undivided entity.
- A single undivided thing, seen as complete in itself.
- (drama) Any of the three classical rules of drama (unity of action, unity of place, and unity of time).`
- (mathematics) Any element of a set or field that behaves under a given operation as the number 1 behaves under multiplication.
Majuscule letter version of unity