being vs beingness what difference

what is difference between being and beingness

English

Alternative forms

  • beeing (archaic)
  • beïng (rare)

Etymology

Originated 1250–1300 from Middle English being; see be + -ing.

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈbiːɪŋ/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈbiɪŋ/, /ˈbiŋ/
  • Rhymes: -iːɪŋ, -ɪŋ
  • Hyphenation: be‧ing

Verb

being

  1. present participle of be

Noun

being (countable and uncountable, plural beings)

  1. A living creature.
  2. The state or fact of existence, consciousness, or life, or something in such a state.
    • 1608-1634, John Webster (and perhaps Thomas Heywood), Appius and Virginia
      Claudius, thou / Wast follower of his fortunes in his being.
    • 1953, Samuel Beckett, Watt
      For the service to be considered was not the service of one servant, but of two servants, and even of three servants, and even of an infinity of servants, of whom the first could not out till the second up, nor the second up till the third in, nor the third in till the first out, nor the first out till the third in, nor the third in till the second up, nor the second up till the first out, every going, every being, every coming consisting with a being and a coming, a coming and a going, a going and a being, nay with all the beings and all the comings, with all the comings and all the goings, with all the goings and all the beings, of all the servants that had ever served Mr. Knott, of all the servants that ever would serve Mr. Knott.
  3. (philosophy) That which has actuality (materially or in concept).
  4. (philosophy) One’s basic nature, or the qualities thereof; essence or personality.
  5. (obsolete) An abode; a cottage.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Wright to this entry?)
    • It was a relief to dismiss them [Sir Roger’s servants] into little beings within my manor.

Synonyms

  • (a living creature): See also Thesaurus:creature
  • (the state or fact of existence): See also Thesaurus:existence

Derived terms

Translations

Conjunction

being

  1. Given that; since.
    • , New York Review Books 2001, p.280:
      ’Tis a hard matter therefore to confine them, being they are so various and many […].

Synonyms

  • as, because, seeing that; see also Thesaurus:because

Derived terms

  • being that

Translations

References

  • “being”, in The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition, Boston, Mass.: Houghton Mifflin, 2000, →ISBN.
  • “being” in Dictionary.com Unabridged, Dictionary.com, LLC, 1995–present.
  • “being” in the Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary (Beta Version), K Dictionaries limited, 2000-2006.
  • “being” in WordNet 2.0, Princeton University, 2003.

See also

Anagrams

  • Bengi, begin, binge

Scottish Gaelic

Noun

being f (genitive singular beinge, plural beingean)

  1. bench, form


English

Etymology

Calque of German Seiendheit, equivalent to English being +‎ -ness. Occasionally also used to translate German Sein (being).

Noun

beingness (usually uncountable, plural beingnesses)

  1. Existence; the condition of a thing that is.

Usage notes

This word is often found in Scientology texts.

Synonyms

  • See also Thesaurus:existence

Related terms

  • beingdom
  • beinghood
  • doingness
  • nothingness

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