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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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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Recent Examples on the Web This is in one way a very specific story about Tither-Kaplan, Gaal, Franco, and the extreme particularities of the American entertainment industry. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, "The James Franco Lawsuit Has a Point to Make About ‘Comfort Zones’," 4 Oct. 2019 We were concentrated for the 90 minutes, particularity at set-pieces., "Jurgen Klopp's Post Match Quotes: Who Deserved to Win, What Others Will Say & Frustration," 28 Sep. 2019 Korean also comes with its own particularities, idioms and references. New York Times, "As BTS’s Reach Expands, an Army of Dedicated K-Pop Translators Grows," 4 July 2019 The novel is a highly particular analysis of a white male coming of age in an intellectual Midwestern family that manages, in its particularity, to tell a story that is emblematic of American life. Christine Smallwood, Harper's magazine, "Novel, Essay, Poem," 16 Sep. 2019 The age-old conflict between nation and empire is a clash of particularity and universality. Daniel Luban, The New Republic, "The Man Behind National Conservatism," 26 July 2019 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

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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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18 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Particularity.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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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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