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originality

o·rig·i·nal·i·ty

originality

 
pronunciation:
rI j nae lih ti
part of speech: noun
inflections: originalities
definition 1: the ability to think or act in a new way or as an individual.
The way he uses words in poetry shows originality.
synonyms:
creativity, imagination
similar words:
independence, ingenuity, initiative
definition 2: the quality or condition of being new or fresh.
The originality of the way that artist uses color has made her paintings famous.
synonyms:
freshness, novelty