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A point of seeming difference between them establishes their identity.

The Professor—I had guessed his identity—joined us, glancing at me inquisitively.

She was like a hunted hare, dodging everyone she fancied might discover her identity.

We see that the puzzle about identity proves at last to be of Grecian origin.

The trout-fly settled all doubts in my mind as to his origin and his identity.

For the moment I could not place him; then his identity dawned on me.

No more was needed to convince Number Thirteen of the identity of the party.

None can confuse her identity for a moment with that of any other monument of a dead religion.

Solomon Tibbs had a warm argument with Miss Selina as to his identity.

Tom knew that Harkless divined the gesture, as well as the identity of the gentleman.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1600, "sameness, oneness," from Middle French identité (14c.), from Late Latin (5c.) identitatem (nominative identitas) "sameness," from ident-, comb. form of Latin idem (neuter) "the same" (see identical); abstracted from identidem "over and over," from phrase idem et idem. [For discussion of Latin formation, see entry in OED.] Earlier form of the word in English was idemptitie (1560s), from Medieval Latin idemptitas. Term identity crisis first recorded 1954. Identity theft attested from 1995.

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