Antonyms for commonness

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This commonness of mind and tone is often one of the penalties of fellowship.

I'll see, I'll see, after dinner; the commonness of the name has its disadvantages now.

If you do not realize the commonness of these tragedies, may God help you!

I am ashamed of the satisfaction I found myself taking in her commonness.

He liked the fundamental ordinariness in Aaron, the commonness of the common man.

There was very little trace of commonness in Milly's good looks.

I admit the commonness of the expression, but it is not the less a solecism.

In the commonness of their work they became as one: he the body, she the soul.

Meant to be more emphatic than lose, but actually less so, because of its commonness.

If men were judged by their commonness, I would be a chief with plumes in my hat.


c.1300, "belonging to all, general," from Old French comun "common, general, free, open, public" (9c., Modern French commun), from Latin communis "in common, public, shared by all or many; general, not specific; familiar, not pretentious," from PIE *ko-moin-i- "held in common," compound adjective formed from *ko- "together" + *moi-n-, suffixed form of root *mei- "change, exchange" (see mutable), hence literally "shared by all."

Second element of the compound also is the source of Latin munia "duties, public duties, functions," those related to munia "office." Perhaps reinforced in Old French by the Germanic form of PIE *ko-moin-i- (cf. Old English gemæne "common, public, general, universal;" see mean (adj.)), which came to French via Frankish.

Used disparagingly of women and criminals since c.1300. Common pleas is 13c., from Anglo-French communs plets, hearing civil actions by one subject against another as opposed to pleas of the crown. Common prayer is contrasted with private prayer. Common stock is attested from 1888.


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