[ noun ] the ability to think and act independently

Used in print

(J. H. Hexter, "Thomas More: On the Margins...)

We do not deny originality to the Agamemnon because Aeschylus found the tales of the house of Atreus among the folk_lore of the Greeks .

(Leo Lemon, "Catch Up With" and "Something to...)

The sweep of space , the delicate counterbalance of the white masses , the over-all completeness and unity , the originality and imagination , all entitle it to be called an authentic masterpiece .

[ noun ] the quality of being new and original (not derived from something else)

Used in print

(Guy Bolton, The Olympians....)

She concluded by asking for a brief interview - `` to settle with you where '' - and she threw_in a tribute to his `` gentle manners '' and `` the wild originality of your countenance '' .