-ity Definition

ətē, itē
State; quality.
American Heritage
Used to form a noun from an adjective; especially, to form the noun referring to the state, property, or quality of conforming to the adjective's description.
Used to form other nouns, especially abstract nouns.
State, character, or condition of being ____, or an instance of any of these.
Chastity, possibility.
Webster's New World

Origin of -ity

  • From French -ité, from Middle French -ité, from Old French -ete, -eteit (“-ity”), from Latin -itātem, from -itās, from Proto-Indo-European *-it- (suffix). Cognate with Gothic - (-iþa, “-th”), Old High German -ida (“-th”), Old English -þo, -þu, (“-th”). More at -th.

    From Wiktionary

  • ME -ite < OFr or L: OFr ité < L -itas < -i-, ending of stem, or thematic vowel + -tas, -ty

    From Webster's New World College Dictionary, 5th Edition

  • Middle English -itie from Old French -ite from Latin -itās variant of -tās -ty

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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