Definition of qua in English:

qua

Pronunciation /kweɪ//kwɑː/

conjunction

formal
  • In the capacity of; as being.

    ‘shareholders qua members may be under obligations to the company’
    • ‘People who bleat on about the ‘artistic’ potential of television qua television are equally deluded.’
    • ‘These artists and craftsmen were utterly unselfconscious of what they did qua artists and craftsmen.’
    • ‘The concert hall is the very field of communication qua meaning.’
    • ‘Note, however, that one can to some extent rationally accept s qua a member of G and accept not-s as a private person.’
    • ‘By contrast, a judge is not, qua judge, an interpreter of Catholic doctrine.’
    • ‘Denigrate men qua men, though, and you're hip and clever.’
    • ‘Similarly, an analysis of Raging Bull needs to consider the kitchen qua boxing ring, and vice-versa.’
    • ‘A demand is embedded in the very grain of the voice qua voice irrespective of the meaning it carries.’
    • ‘The problem is in the design of the game qua game.’
    • ‘Very little is made of Jesus qua male in the canon.’
    • ‘The Irish qua Irish have no more title to self-determination than have the freckled, red-haired or bow-legged.’
    • ‘Indian politicians are, I'll just simply aver, the best in the world, qua politicians-committed-to-winning.’
    • ‘That is, the logic of power is a reified logic to which the prince must, qua prince, ultimately submit.’
    • ‘As shareholders, qua shareholders, they must be treated equally.’
    • ‘Supermodels qua supermodels properly belong to the 80s, that Gilded Age that we shall never quite see the likes of again.’

Origin

Latin, ablative feminine singular of qui ‘who’.

Pronunciation

qua

/kweɪ//kwɑː/