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EtymologyEdit

From Old French amitié, from Medieval Latin *amicitas(friendship), from Latin amīcus(friendly, a friend), from amō(I love).

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  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈæ.mɪ.ti/, [ˈæ.mɪ.ɾi]

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amity ‎(plural amities)

  1. (formal, literary) Friendship. The cooperative and supportive relationship between people, or animals. In this sense, the term connotes a relationship which involves mutual knowledge, esteem, affection, and respect along with a degree of rendering service to friends in times of need or crisis.
    • 1922: To my native place / Bent upon returning, / Bosom all day burning / To be where my race / Well were known, 'twas much with me / There to dwell in amity. — Thomas Hardy, 'Welcome Home,' in Lyrics Late and Earlier, 1922
  2. Mutual understanding and a peaceful relationship, especially between nations; peace; accord.

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