Pronunciation: (yOO'ni-tē), Strict Standards: Non-static method FenSites::linkTo() should not be called statically in /site/html/dictionary/unity.html on line 75 [key]
1. the state of being one; oneness.
2. a whole or totality as combining all its parts into one.
3. the state or fact of being united or combined into one, as of the parts of a whole; unification.
4. absence of diversity; unvaried or uniform character.
5. oneness of mind, feeling, etc., as among a number of persons; concord, harmony, or agreement.
a. the number one; a quantity regarded as one.
b. identity (def. 9).
7. (in literature and art) a relation of all the parts or elements of a work constituting a harmonious whole and producing a single general effect.
8. one of the three principles of dramatic structure (the three unities) derived from Aristotelian aesthetics and formalized in the neoclassic canon in which a play is required to represent action as taking place in one day (u'nity of time'), as occurring within one place (u'nity of place'), and as having a single plot with a beginning, middle, and end (u'nity of ac'tion).
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