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.
Recent Examples on the Web Roots of Imagination, open until July 15, is an ode to Togo’s youth and selfhood that celebrates the power of collective imagination and the progress that comes with valuing the particularity of each individual. Rica Cerbarano, Vogue, 2 Mar. 2022 Though its tone and scope have changed over time, that genre consistently focuses on the particularity of the area: its cultural beauty, its idiosyncrasies, the poverty of many of its people, and the cruelty of its racial regime. Imani Perry, The Atlantic, 8 Feb. 2022 Over time, however, the particularity of the dispute seems irrelevant. Rivka Galchen, Harper’s Magazine , 18 Jan. 2022 Instead, a generation of Jews is confronting head-on the tension between Jewish universalist principles and the idea of Jewish particularity — that Jews possess special obligations toward one another. New York Times, 2 Nov. 2021 The work required professionalism and stamina, the ability to hold a pose, to erase one’s particularity, to suppress or exaggerate emotions, and to defend one’s ego and body against male painters who would exploit both. Washington Post, 15 Oct. 2021 Still, what is on one level an encounter with the reality of the workshops of Litzmannstadt is on another level the erasure of its particularity through the return of the Moirai. Ben Lerner, The New York Review of Books, 25 Feb. 2021 And the particularity of the tone is psychoanalysis at its best—nothing to say. Jamieson Webster, The New York Review of Books, 1 Apr. 2020 This vote, supposedly an obligatory primary to force all political parties to partake and thus minimize the fragmentation of parties to serve individuals, has the particularity of actually having a very real impact on the election. Agustino Fontevecchia, Forbes, 10 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of particularity

1528, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Particularity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2022.

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