Definition of qua in English:

qua

Pronunciation: /kwɑː//kweɪ/

conjunction

formal
  • In the capacity of; as being:

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

Origin

Latin, ablative feminine singular of qui who.

Pronunciation:

qua

/kwɑː//kweɪ/