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particular

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of particular

  1. 1 hard to please <she's very particular about the cleanliness of her car> Synonyms choosy (or choosey), dainty, delicate, demanding, exacting, fastidious, finical, finicking, fussbudgety, fussy, nice, old-maidish, finicky, pernickety [chiefly British], persnickety, pickyRelated Words hyperfastidious, overdemanding, ultrafastidious; discerning, discriminating, selective; insightful, knowledgeable; captious, carping, caviling (or cavilling), critical, faultfinding, hypercritical, overcritical; careful, meticulous, painstaking, punctilious, scrupulous; queasy (also queazy), squeamish; peevish, petulant, prickly, touchy; niminy-piminy, prim, prissyNear Antonyms affable, breezy, carefree, devil-may-care, happy-go-lucky, lackadaisical, laid-back, low-pressure, relaxed; flexible, lax, loose; lenient, permissive; uncritical; indiscriminating, undiscriminatingAntonyms undemanding, unfastidious, unfussy

  2. 2 of, relating to, or belonging to a single person <that particular mug is Mike's> Synonyms idiomatic, individualized, individual, patented, peculiar, personal, personalized, private, privy, separate, singular, subjective, uniqueRelated Words characteristic, distinctive, intimate; identifying, idiosyncratic; especial, express, special, specific; independent, nonconformist, self-directed, self-sufficient; custom, customized, specializedNear Antonyms broad, prevailing, prevalent, widespread; common, normal, regular, typicalAntonyms general, generic, popular, public, shared, universal

  3. 3 tending to select carefully <he's particular about the corn he buys> Synonyms choosy (or choosey), selective, pickyRelated Words nice; fastidious, finical, finicking, finicky, fussy; discerning, discriminating, judiciousNear Antonyms indiscriminate, indiscriminatingAntonyms nonselective, unselective

  4. 4 including many small descriptive features <a very particular account of the breakdown of their marriage from the husband's perspective> Synonyms blow-by-blow, circumstantial, elaborate, full, minute, detailed, particularized, thoroughRelated Words enumerated, inventoried, itemized, listed, numerated; delineated, specific, specified; abundant, copious; comprehensive, encyclopedic, exhausting, exhaustive, inclusionary, inclusive, in-depth, omnibus, panoramic, thoroughgoing; accurate, correct, exact, precise; complete, entire, replete; distinct, explicit, sharp; mapped (out); descriptive, graphic (also graphical), picturesque, vividNear Antonyms brief, compact, concise, crisp, pithy, short, succinct, terse; abbreviated, abridged, curtailed, cut, pruned, shortened, trimmed; ambiguous, indeterminate, nebulous, nondescript, sketchy, vague; bird's-eye, broad, general, nonspecific, overall, unspecifiedAntonyms compendious, summary




particular

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of particular

  1. 1 a separate part in a list, account, or series <requested a bill of particulars for the care he received in the hospital> Synonyms detail, item, pointRelated Words article, belonging, object, stuff, thing; characteristic, component, constituent, element, factor, feature, member; ingredient; division, particle, partition, piece, portion, section, segmentNear Antonyms aggregate, composite, compound, conglomerate; entirety, sum, summation, total, totality, whole

  2. 2 a single piece of information <everyone wanted to know all the particulars about the forthcoming merger> Synonyms datum, detail, nicety, fact, particularity, point, specificRelated Words article, item; component, constituent, element, ingredient, member, part; aspect, circumstance, facet, factor; evidence, exhibit; database, information, knowledgeNear Antonyms error, fallacy, falsehood, inaccuracy, misconception, misstatement, myth





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