Definition of originality in English:

originality

noun

  • 1The ability to think independently and creatively.

    ‘a writer of great originality’
    • ‘Judges placed high value on entries that demonstrated imagination, originality and flair.’
    • ‘The competitors will be judged on vocal talent, appearance, originality of performance and stage presence.’
    • ‘My interest in creativity and originality might lead me to take pride in developing a more complicated theory.’
    • ‘You are ambitious and can further your career with powerful energy, originality and creativity.’
    • ‘Worse than those artists who don't try hard enough are those who try, all right, but lack the talent or originality to pull it off.’
    • ‘His sheer originality and overwhelming talent guarantees that there is no other performer like him.’
    • ‘At that point, you just want people to appreciate your creativity and originality.’
    • ‘Your originality and creativity are expressed when you decide to redecorate home and office spaces.’
    • ‘For Lefschetz, independent thinking and originality were what mattered in mathematical research.’
    • ‘I'm ashamed by the lack of creativity and originality from our broadcasters.’
    • ‘We become entranced and lose our identity, our abilities and our originality.’
    • ‘Tao Lin is also working on a novel, one which shows definite signs of originality.’
    • ‘The draughtsmanship is precise, with just enough deviation to liberate the artist's verve and originality.’
    • ‘Creative originality should form another link in the great chain of human achievement.’
    • ‘There is no cohesive link between the artists - except for quality and originality.’
    • ‘Here, in other words, is a nightmare vision of a world without originality, verve, spirit or love.’
    • ‘It was, however, for his skill and originality as an inventor that he was best known.’
    • ‘There is often a focus on creativity and originality, and methods can be adapted as needed.’
    • ‘Most employers I have dealt with don't like originality or anything creative in their employees.’
    • ‘The aim of these awards is to reward originality, quality and creativity in entertainment programmes.’
    initiative, resourcefulness, resource, imagination, imaginativeness, ingenuity, inventiveness, creativity
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    1. 1.1 The quality of being novel or unusual.
      ‘he congratulated her on the originality of her costume’
      • ‘Something that holds true to the franchise yet still manages to hold its own in originality and delivers a sense of freshness while playing.’
      • ‘Most had youthful females, and vied with each other for originality and daring in their costumes.’
      • ‘He succeeds in both originality and quality, striking a near perfect harmony between song, script and cast.’
      • ‘Although styles changed over the years, artistic innovation and originality were not sought.’
      • ‘An hour later we were still stumbling and fumbling through the trees and the quality and originality of our cursing had to be heard to be believed.’
      • ‘I'm completely astounded by the originality and the quality of the entries for the parade.’
      • ‘I also know she has such a unique take on things and so she brought originality to the character that we might not have had if someone else had played it.’
      • ‘All this makes him a unique mover and contributes to the originality of his choreography.’
      • ‘What matters most, is the quality of carving, originality and a charming subject.’
      • ‘Professional projects are exciting and creative, inviting innovation and originality.’
      • ‘Quality to scientists tends to mean originality of subject, thought, and method.’
      • ‘The songs brim over with innovation, originality and unexpected twists - oh, and violins.’
      • ‘The image was changed to a stick figure, but it also lost its originality and distinctiveness.’
      • ‘The originality and uniqueness of the play mean that that the actors seem to enjoy being in it which all adds up to a thoroughly amusing performance.’
      • ‘What this ride lacks in originality it more than makes up for in quality.’
      • ‘Do you want to pick up a new novel and be blown away by the originality of the design?’
      • ‘Works which, with originality and wit, redefine the way we distinguish high art and popular culture.’
      • ‘At this stage Eden showed few signs of distinction or originality.’
      • ‘They have rigidly stuck to the same formula, devoid of originality or innovation, and bored everyone silly in the process.’
      • ‘The power and originality of his thought show a unique philosophical mind and many would be happy to call him a genius.’
      inventiveness, ingenuity, creativeness, creativity, innovativeness, innovation, novelty, newness, freshness, imagination, imaginativeness, break with tradition, resourcefulness, cleverness, daring, individuality, unusualness, unconventionality, unprecedentedness, uniqueness, distinctiveness
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Pronunciation:

originality

/əˌrijəˈnalədē/