par·​tic·​u·​lar·​i·​ty | \ pər-ˌti-kyə-ˈler-ə-tē How to pronounce particularity (audio) , pə-, -ˈla-rə- also (ˌ)pär-\
plural particularities

Definition of particularity

1a : a minute detail : particular
b : an individual characteristic : peculiarity also : singularity
2 : the quality or state of being particular as distinguished from universal
3a : attentiveness to detail : exactness
b : the quality or state of being fastidious in behavior or expression

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Synonyms & Antonyms for particularity


explicitness, specificity



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Examples of particularity in a Sentence

The actors studied all of the particularities of the script. the special particularities of the South The particularities of the job take some time to get used to. She described the scene with great particularity.
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Then within that there are particularities to each country in terms of altitude and climate. Jessica Yadegaran, The Mercury News, "How East Bay specialty coffee importer Royal Coffee is bringing transparency to the industry," 4 Sep. 2019 The particularities of Logan’s mind games are telling. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Succession Bores Into the Power of Fear," 25 Aug. 2019 An almost-mystical particularity can result from the accumulation of exacting and unexpected details. Mark Feeney,, "Eric Carle Museum explores the enchanted world of children’s book master Peter Sís," 22 Aug. 2019 Violet’s relationship with Tyrell lacks the particularity of detail that makes her reunions with her sister Katie and their ailing mother so bittersweet. Wendy Smith,, "Not perhaps the best by a master of the troubling and thoughtful but still pretty good," 13 June 2019 While Grandma’s House provides a home for shared particularities, that home does ask something of everyone present, listener and poet. Nicole Blackwood,, "‘Grandma’s House’ open mic builds chosen family from poetry performance," 25 June 2019 Carvey’s ability to channel Perot’s particularities and the Texan’s twang, while never coming off as mean-spirited, catapulted Perot into the pop-culture conversation. Carlos De Loera,, "Watch the many times ‘Saturday Night Live’ spoofed Ross Perot," 9 July 2019 Shtisel’s combination of radical particularity and radical universality lies at the core of its appeal. Peter Beinart, The Atlantic, "Unpacking the Immense Popularity of Shtisel," 20 June 2019 Nixey is transparent about the particularity of her motivation. Bettany Hughes, New York Times, "How Christians Destroyed the Ancient World," 8 June 2018

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First Known Use of particularity

1528, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of particularity was in 1528

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English Language Learners Definition of particularity

: a small detail
: a quality or feature that makes a person or thing different from others
: careful attention to detail

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