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English adjective: quality

1. quality of superior grade

SamplesChoice wines.
Prime beef.
Prize carnations.
Quality paper.
Select peaches.

Synonymschoice, prime, prize, select



2. quality of high social status

SamplesPeople of quality.
A quality family.


Antonymslow-class, lower-class, middle-class

English noun: quality

1. quality (attribute) an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone

SamplesThe quality of mercy is not strained.

Broader (hypernym)attribute

Narrower (hyponym)ability, accuracy, accuracy, adequacy, air, amorality, appearance, arability, aridity, asset, atmosphere, attraction, attractiveness, aura, bad, badness, barrenness, believability, boundedness, boundlessness, brachycephalism, brachycephaly, burnability, certainty, changeability, changeableness, changelessness, characteristic, clarity, clearness, closeness, combustibility, combustibleness, complexity, complexness, comprehensibility, constructiveness, corporality, corporeality, correctness, counterfactuality, credibility, credibleness, curiousness, deadness, destructiveness, difference, difficultness, difficulty, directiveness, directivity, distinction, distressingness, divinity, divisibility, dolichocephalism, dolichocephaly, domesticity, ease, easiness, elegance, elegance, ethnicity, excellence, expressiveness, extraordinariness, extremeness, factuality, factualness, faithfulness, fecundity, fibrosity, fibrousness, fidelity, finiteness, finitude, foregone conclusion, foreignness, fruitfulness, fruitlessness, generality, good, goodness, hardness, holiness, hot stuff, humaneness, humanity, humanness, humor, humour, ideality, illogic, illogicality, illogicalness, immateriality, immobility, immorality, impenetrability, imperviousness, impotence, impotency, impressiveness, inability, inaccuracy, incomprehensibility, inconsequence, incorporeality, incorrectness, incredibility, incredibleness, inelegance, ineptitude, ineptness, infidelity, infiniteness, infinitude, inhumaneness, inhumanity, insolubility, inutility, irregularity, lawfulness, limitlessness, logicality, logicalness, manhood, materiality, measurability, memorability, mobility, morality, morbidity, morbidness, mundaneness, mundaneness, mundanity, mundanity, naiveness, naivete, naivety, nativeness, naturalness, nature, navigability, neediness, negativeness, negativism, negativity, occidentalism, opacity, opaqueness, ordinariness, orientalism, originality, painfulness, parental quality, particularity, pathos, penetrability, perviousness, physicalness, piquance, piquancy, piquantness, pleasantness, plus, poignancy, popularity, positiveness, positivism, positivity, power, powerfulness, powerlessness, precariousness, probability, protectiveness, publicity, quantifiability, regularity, relativity, responsiveness, rightness, romance, romanticism, salability, salableness, sameness, sanctitude, sanctity, satisfactoriness, simpleness, simpleness, simplicity, simplicity, snootiness, soapiness, solubility, sophistication, specialness, spinnability, strangeness, stuff, stuffiness, subjectivism, sufficiency, suitability, suitableness, sure thing, sweetness, tone, truth, ulteriority, ultimate, unboundedness, uncertainness, uncertainty, unchangeability, unchangeableness, unchangingness, uncloudedness, understandability, unfaithfulness, unfitness, unholiness, unlawfulness, unnaturalness, unoriginality, unpleasantness, unpopularity, unregularity, unresponsiveness, unsatisfactoriness, unsuitability, unsuitableness, unusefulness, unwholesomeness, urbanity, usefulness, uselessness, utility, vertu, virtu, visual aspect, voluptuousness, waxiness, wholesomeness, woodiness, woodsiness, worldliness, worth, worthlessness, wrongness

Attributebad, good, negative, positive

2. quality (attribute) a degree or grade of excellence or worth

SamplesThe quality of students has risen.
An executive of low caliber.

Synonymscaliber, calibre

Broader (hypernym)degree, grade, level

Narrower (hyponym)high quality, inferiority, low quality, superiority

Attributeinferior, superior

3. quality (cognition) a characteristic property that defines the apparent individual nature of something

SamplesEach town has a quality all its own.
The radical character of our demands.

Synonymscharacter, lineament

Broader (hypernym)attribute, dimension, property

Narrower (hyponym)texture

4. quality (attribute) (music) the distinctive property of a complex sound (a voice or noise or musical sound)

SamplesThe timbre of her soprano was rich and lovely.
The muffled tones of the broken bell summoned them to meet.

Synonymstimber, timbre, tone

Broader (hypernym)sound property

Narrower (hyponym)color, coloration, colour, colouration, harmonic, nasality, plangency, register, resonance, resonance, reverberance, ringing, shrillness, sonority, sonorousness, stridence, stridency, vibrancy

Domain categorymusic

5. quality (state) high social status

SamplesA man of quality.

Broader (hypernym)rank, social rank, social station, social status

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