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  • 1The quality or character of a particular person or thing that distinguishes them from others of the same kind, especially when strongly marked.

    ‘clothes with real style and individuality’
    • ‘Men gave up their individuality and personal freedom to fit into what they believed their women wanted.’
    • ‘At 12 weeks, activity has become vigorous and behaviour shows distinct individuality.’
    • ‘The best wines of this region can truly stand alone in quality and individuality.’
    • ‘His music was characterized by great individuality, sometimes bordering on the sensational.’
    • ‘She has such character and individuality, it never seems to feel like that.’
    • ‘His own music, lacking any marked individuality, has not stood the test of time.’
    • ‘I think there is a real issue about valuing individuality and difference to a far extent.’
    • ‘By imagination, I mean that expression of our individuality by which we make a personal sense of the world around and inside of us.’
    • ‘A collection of individuals yet we feel that any expression of individuality is an affront to community.’
    • ‘None of them display any charming character, appealing features or particular individuality.’
    • ‘Fresh Atlantic fish and shellfish are invariably the star attractions here, presented with style and individuality.’
    • ‘And people clearly have more individuality and taste than companies.’
    • ‘Also, women today have lost any sense of colour, style or individuality.’
    • ‘The self, in Indian philosophy is something different than the Western idea of self as individuality.’
    • ‘I like stadiums to have individuality, identity, a unique feeling and atmosphere that strikes you every time you see it.’
    • ‘The role can be a means through which the character expresses his or her individuality.’
    • ‘Style is nothing if not a celebration of individuality, of individual variability.’
    • ‘We strive to revel in our uniqueness, love our individuality, and express that freely.’
    • ‘We color our hair and clothes; paint our nails, anything to manifest our individuality.’
    • ‘Eccentricity, strangeness and individuality I like, conformity I flirt with.’
    uniqueness, originality, singularity, particularity, peculiarity, distinctiveness, distinction, differentness, separateness
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    1. 1.1individualitiesIndividual characteristics.
      ‘individualities and personal tastes had been sacrificed in a common urge’
      • ‘Despite lyrical individualities, a common thread amongst the featured artists is a conception of hip hop as not only entertainment, but also education.’
      • ‘Thus, we learn to decipher the individualities of our co-workers and make the best that we can.’
      • ‘In the place of traditional images of women - the devoted wife, caring mother, and cantankerous lover - we are now offered new individualities.’
      • ‘They have different individualities, but they're also a slime-mold.’
      • ‘He became acutely aware of their individualities.’
  • 2Separate existence.

    ‘anything but individuality, anything but aloneness’
    • ‘In fact, we learn our patterns of togetherness and individuality in our families of origin.’
    • ‘Since we cannot return to our former innocence, people should be forced to submerge their individuality in collective life.’
    • ‘Conversely, as we zoom out from a multiplex entity, the particles lose their individuality and the entity becomes a mass.’



/ˌindəˌvijəˈwalədē/ /ˌɪndəˌvɪdʒəˈwælədi/


Early 17th century in early use from medieval Latin individualitas.