Synonyms and Antonyms of special
1 being the one or ones of a class with no other members <the President claimed that international terrorism was a special threat that required a special way of dealing with it> Synonyms alone, lone, one, one-off, singular, sole, solitary, only, sui generis, uniqueRelated Words single, solo, unaccompanied, unattended; incomparable, inimitable, matchless, peerless, unequaled (or unequalled), unmatched, unparalleled, unrivaled (or unrivalled), unsurpassable, unsurpassed; distinct, distinctive, individual, separate; nonceNear Antonyms divers, manifold, multifarious, myriad; assorted, heterogenous, miscellaneous, mixed, motley, patchwork, promiscuous, varied; popular, prevailing, prevalent, rampant; perennial, recurrent, repeated
2 granted special treatment or attention <one student who was treated as special by the teacher> Synonyms beloved, cherished, dear, fair-haired, favored, favorite, fond, loved, pet, precious, darling, sweet, white-headedRelated Words admired, adored, appreciated, esteemed, relished, revered; prized, treasured; preferredNear Antonyms abhorred, abominated, despised, detested, disdained, disfavored, disliked, execrated, hated, loathed, unfavorite; abandoned, forgotten, ignored; alienated, estrangedAntonyms unbeloved
3 of a particular or exact sort <you'll need special permission from the fire department to do that> Synonyms concrete, distinct, especial, peculiar, precise, set, express, specificRelated Words lone, only, separate, single, sole, solitary; distinctive, exclusive, individual, unique; limited, restricted; differentiated, specialized; given, specifiedNear Antonyms general, generalized, generic, nonexclusive, universalAntonyms nonspecific
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