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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Tensions were made worse by particularities of French law. Alexandra Marshall, Vogue, "What Does It Take to Stepmother a Pair of French Kids?," 17 May 2019 There are two factors that determine the severity of wine teeth: the nature of red wine and the particularities of your tooth enamel. Rachel Sugar, Vox, "Here is why you look like a vampire.," 18 Dec. 2018 That all of our considered noticing and contemplation may have simply led us to a pained awareness that the particularity of our gaze and insight doesn’t count for much against a rigged system, much less a disaffected young man carrying an AR-15. Megan O’grady, New York Times, "Read Any Antisocial Novels Lately?," 10 May 2018 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

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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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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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