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quiddity

 
Noun quiddity has 2 senses
  1. quibble, quiddity, cavil - an evasion of the point of an argument by raising irrelevant distinctions or objections
    --1 is a kind of evasion, equivocation
  2. quiddity, haecceity - the essence that makes something the kind of thing it is and makes it different from any other
    --2 is a kind of kernel, substance, core, center, essence, gist, heart, heart and soul, inwardness, marrow, meat, nub, pith, sum, nitty-gritty
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