Alterity - #525

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Feb 27 2019 17

Today's word of the day is alterity. It's spelled A-L-T-E-R-I-T-Y. Alterity is a noun that means otherness.

The Latin word alter (AHL ter) means the other and it has given us such words and phrases as alternative and alter ego. Alterity refers to the state of being something else, usually something alien or unusual. 

Rob's red dreadlocks increased the sense of alterity when he worked on Wall Street. His strange haircut made him even more of an outsider.

The spelling of alterity is A-L-T-E-R-I-T-Y.