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  • n  an evasion of the point of an argument by raising irrelevant distinctions or objections
  • n  the essence that makes something the kind of thing it is and makes it different from any other

  • Quick to give quip and quiddity is the present Captain of the Yeomen of the Guard, William Henry Grenfell, Baron Desborough of Taplow, famed afterdinner speaker, chairman of .
  • I Live Under a Black Sun, her first novel, combines all these quiddity qualities.
  • In a time when many serious playwrights are hell-bent on reducing life's dilemmas to their sparest parts, panhandling for quiddity, Edgar and Directors Trevor Nunn and John .

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