n.; pl. Singularities (-
tĭz). [L. singularitas: cf. F.
singularité.] 1. The quality or
state of being singular; some character or quality of a thing by which
it is distinguished from all, or from most, others;
Pliny addeth this singularity to that soil, that
the second year the very falling down of the seeds yieldeth
corn. Sir. W. Raleigh.
I took notice of this little figure for the
singularity of the instrument. Addison.
2. Anything singular, rare, or
Your gallery Shak.
Have we passed through, not without much content
In many singularities.
3. Possession of a particular or exclusive
privilege, prerogative, or distinction.
No bishop of Rome ever took upon him this name of
singularity [universal bishop]. Hooker.
Catholicism . . . must be understood in opposition to
the legal singularity of the Jewish nation. Bp.
4. Celibacy. [Obs.] Jer.