Definition of unity noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈjuːnəti//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈjuːnəti//
    (pl. unities)
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  1. 1[uncountable, singular] the state of being in agreement and working together; the state of being joined together to form one unit European unity a plea for unity within the party unity of purpose opposite disunity
  2. 2[uncountable] (in art, etc.) the state of looking or being complete in a natural and pleasing way The design lacks unity.
  3. 3 [countable] (in literature and theatre) any of the principles of classical or neoclassical theatre that restrict the action of a play to a single story, day and place the unities of action, time and place
  4. 4[singular] (formal) a single thing that may consist of a number of different parts If society is to exist as a unity, its members must have shared values.
  5. 5 [uncountable] (mathematics) the number one
  6. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French unite, from Latin unitas, from unus ‘one’.Extra examples He restored peace and unity in the country after years of civil war. She brought unity to her people. The dispute has destroyed unity among the workers. The organization promotes racial tolerance and unity in diversity. The organization promotes unity in diversity. The party is calling for greater economic unity. The party is calling for greater political and economic unity in Europe. a degree of unity between faculty and students a government of national unity a leader who gave her people a strong sense of unity live together in unity the organic unity of Raphael’s picture
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