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Definitions for originality
əˌrɪdʒ əˈnæl ɪ tiorig·i·nal·i·ty

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. originalitynoun

    the ability to think and act independently

  2. originalitynoun

    the quality of being new and original (not derived from something else)

GCIDE

  1. Originalitynoun

    Ability to create new and original ideas, works of art, theories, etc.; ability to express oneself in an original manner; creativity; -- of people.

    Etymology: [Cf. F. originalit.]

Wiktionary

  1. originalitynoun

    The quality of being original or novel.

  2. originalitynoun

    The capacity to think independently or be inventive.

  3. originalitynoun

    Something original.

Freebase

  1. Originality

    Originality is the aspect of created or invented works by as being new or novel, and thus can be distinguished from reproductions, clones, forgeries, or derivative works. An original work is one not received from others nor one copied based on the work of others. It is a work created with a unique style and substance. The term "originality" is often applied as a compliment to the creativity of artists, writers, and thinkers. The idea of originality as we know it was invented by Romanticism, with a notion that is often called romantic originality. The concept of originality is culturally contingent. It became an ideal in Western culture starting from the 18th century. In contrast, at the time of Shakespeare it was common to appreciate more the similarity with an admired classical work, and Shakespeare himself avoided "unnecessary invention".

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of originality in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of originality in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of originality in a Sentence

  1. Bob Seger:

    Be original. That's my best advice. You're going to find that there's something that you do well, and try to do it with as much originality as you can, and don't skimp on the words. Work on the words.

  2. Josh Billings:

    About the most originality that any writer can hope to achieve honestly is to steal with good judgment.

  3. Ansel Adams:

    Millions of men have lived to fight, build palaces and boundaries, shape destinies and societies but the compelling force of all times has been the force of originality and creation profoundly affecting the roots of human spirit.

  4. Lana Wachowski:

    The summer is built around familiarity, many cultural critics who shape awareness for films are obsessed with sequels and derivative material. They wildly crave it. That kind of environment is hostile to originality. It only makes space for derivative material and rejects originality. I think Warner Bros. was uncomfortable with that environment.

  5. Milan Kundera:

    High culture is nothing but a child of that European perversion called history, the obsession we have with going forward, with considering the sequence of generations a relay race in which everyone surpasses his predecessor, only to be surpassed by his successor. Without this relay race called history there would be no European art and what characterizes it: a longing for originality, a longing for change. Robespierre, Napoleon, Beethoven, Stalin, Picasso, they're all runners in the relay race, they all belong to the same stadium.

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