par·​tic·​u·​lar·​i·​ty | \pər-ˌti-kyə-ˈler-ə-tē, 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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Strangely, the gold here is of a quicksilver nature, slipping from focus (despite its crystalline particularity) so that one returns repeatedly to passages like the above, trying to truly assimilate them. Joan Frank,, "‘Kudos,’ by Rachel Cusk," 6 July 2018 Against these threats Ms Groff sets the particularity of individual lives, love and above all language. The Economist, "Lauren Groff’s short stories pulse with hidden malevolence," 21 June 2018 After 12 years of living in Florida, Groff can render the state's particularities — lizards that stick to screen doors, the running routes of Gainesville — with stunning clarity., "No, Lauren Groff Isn't Writing About Herself In Florida," 15 June 2018 Personal responsibility was a positive, practical particularity. Peter Dunn, USA TODAY, "Time to step up and build your retirement income," 17 Feb. 2018 For all the particularities of life in China, its big cities offer a familiar cosmopolitanism. Adam Greenfield, The Atlantic, "China's Dystopian Tech Could Be Contagious," 14 Feb. 2018 First among these is its radical liberty: from sleep schedules, school schedules, mealtime schedules, from other people’s particularities about air-conditioning and nighttime lighting and minimum savings account balances. Lisa Miller, The Cut, "The Gift of Loneliness," 22 Dec. 2017 Eminem is so obsessed with the particularities of rhyme that his songs can lack forward momentum. Jon Caramanica, New York Times, "Hip-Hop Changes. Eminem Doesn’t.," 18 Dec. 2017 Some of the particularity is in the context of Portland, a city of noted contradictions that, despite its progressive reputation, is very white, with a troubling racial history. Lowen Liu, Slate Magazine, "The Tragic Lesson of Portland," 30 May 2017

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First Known Use of particularity

1528, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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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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living or existing for a long time

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