One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
In Russia and (formerly) the Soviet Union: a sense of belonging to a nation, national character or quality; the essential quality of the (common) people. Also as a count noun: a group of people sharing a national identity, but lacking some attribute or attributes essential to a people or nation.
1940s. From Russian narodnost′ nationality, essential quality of the (common) people, group of people sharing national identity from narod + -nost′, suffix corresponding approximately in use to -ness.
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