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especial

adjective es·pe·cial \is-ˈpe-shəl\

: more than usual

Full Definition of ESPECIAL

:  being distinctive: as
a :  directed toward a particular individual, group, or end <sent especial greetings to his son> <took especial care to speak clearly>
b :  of special note or importance :  unusually great or significant <a decision of especial relevance>
c :  highly distinctive or personal :  peculiar <had an especial dislike for music>
d :  close, intimate <his especial crony>
e :  specific, particular <had no especial destination in mind>
in especial
:  in particular
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Examples of ESPECIAL

  1. This is a matter of especial importance.
  2. <a candidate who handled the stunning defeat with especial grace>

Origin of ESPECIAL

Middle English, from Anglo-French — more at special
First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of ESPECIAL

special, especial, specific, particular, individual mean of or relating to one thing or class. special stresses having a quality, character, identity, or use of its own <special ingredients>. especial may add implications of preeminence or preference <a matter of especial importance>. specific implies a quality or character distinguishing a kind or a species <children with specific nutritional needs>. particular stresses the distinctness of something as an individual <a ballet step of particular difficulty>. individual implies unequivocal reference to one of a class or group <valued each individual opinion>.
IN ESPECIAL Defined for Kids

especial

adjective es·pe·cial \i-ˈspe-shəl\

Definition of ESPECIAL for Kids

:  more than usual :  special
es·pe·cial·ly adverb

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